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Benin Energy Minister visits WAPCo facility in Cotonou


Benin Energy Minister visits WAPCo facility in Cotonou Print

Benin Minister of Energy, Jean Claude Houssou, acting also as the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the West African Gas Pipeline Authority (WAGPA) on Friday July 6, 2018 visited WAPCo’s Regulating and Metering Station in Cotonou, Benin.

WAPCo Site Coordinator (right) welcomes the Energy Minister (left) to the site

The familiarization visit, was to enable the Minister obtain firsthand information on WAPCo’s operation. He was accompanied by the Mayor of Ouidah, the area where WAPCo’s facility is situated, officials of the Ministry and some local authorities.

WAPCo’s Site Coordinator for the Cotonou facility, Harold Nounagnon welcomed the Minister and his team and took them round the facility. The team later held a brief discussion with some WAPCo Cotonou staff. The discussion centered on issues such as the pressure of gas transported through the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP), the daily quantity of gas delivered to CEB in Cotonou, WAPCo’s relationship with neighboring communities and the maintenance of health, environment and security standards in the company’s operations.


The Energy Minister and his team during the site induction session

The Minister said the government of Benin was counting on WAPCo, as key actor in the industry, to transport gas to the new power plant under construction at Maria Gleta.

He said he was impressed by the high level of security, environment and health standards observed at the facility. He also highlighted the importance of the role WAPCo plays to sustain energy availability at the sub-regional level.

In an interview with the media at the end of the visit, the Minister who is also the chairman of WAGP council of Ministers, said he will do his best to support WAGP, which he said needed to be extended to other West African countries.


Group photo of the team and some WAPCo staff












WAPCo committed to improving lives in host communities in Ghana

WAPCo committed to improving lives in host communities

Consistent with its commitment to making life better for the communities in which it operates, the West African Gas Pipeline Company Ltd (WAPCo) in collaboration with eye specialists from the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, has organized free eye care services for close to 2000 members from seven host communities in Ghana, namely Kpone and Tema Manhean in the Greater Accra Region, and Inchaban, Aboadze, Abuesi, Dwomo and Shama, all in the Shama district of Ghana’s Western region.

The heavily patronized exercise involved throngs of people of all ages who were screened for eye-related infections including myopia, presbyopia, glaucoma and many others. Prior to the screening, the residents were first counseled by the specialists from the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital on ways to prevent different ophthalmic conditions. Where needed, medication and reading glasses were provided at no cost to the beneficiaries.

Residents waiting to have their eyes screened


Interacting with the media on why the outreach was organized, the External Relations Manager of WAPCo, Mark Kofi Mensah, explained that eye care was identified as a critical intervention following consultations with the communities. The absence of specialized facilities in those communities was a major determining factor. “As a socially responsible company, we try to give back to the community”, he said.

Health is one of four key areas of intervention that WAPCo identified with host communities through a participatory needs assessment. The other areas are water and sanitation, education, and income generation.

External Relations Manager, Mark Kofi Mensah, interacting with the media

Other social investments in Ghana

This health outreach is one of several impactful investments WAPCo has made in its host communities in Ghana. Over the years, WAPCo has invested heavily in brick and mortar projects and other value-adding initiatives in those communities. “Already, we have had other social investments including a fully-equipped maternity ward in Tema that is functioning, aside from the scholarship scheme”, Mr. Mensah stated

The company has so far invested over $800,000 in brick and mortar projects in Ghana. It has also spent in excess of $400,000 thus far, on providing scholarships for 158 students, and vocational and skills acquisition training for 108 youth in technical and vocational schools in the country. The beneficiaries are all from the company’s host communities in Ghana.


Thanks to this outreach, many residents in the seven communities covered, now know whether or not they have eye problems, and whether something can be done about the problem. Those with treatable conditions received immediate care and, where required, appropriate glasses, all free of charge to them. Others with more serious conditions were counseled and duly referred to specialist health centers. By eliminating the cost barrier to most residents in these predominantly fishing communities, WAPCo has contributed in no small way to preserving the eyesight of many and raising awareness of the need for eye care.

A beneficiary receiving medical advice






WAGPA delegation inspect CEB equipment at Maria Gleta

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