Yet another potential success is the discovery offshore oil announced in 2007. It is estimated that this will provide a major economic boost and could provide the government with revenues of as much as $3 billion within a few years. However, Ghanaians are keenly aware of how oil has corrupted and polluted Nigeria, just down the coast (see articles on Nigeria). Everybody will now be watching to see whether Ghana can avoid Nigeria’s mistakes.
Despite development, progress and stability Ghana does have the interlinked problems of deforestation, climate change and poverty, especially in the north of the country. No doubt future oil revenues can help Ghanaians to address these issues although ultimately it is the western countries whose carbon emissions are causing climate change who must play the major role in stopping the global warming that is unjustly causing Ghanaians and other Africans to suffer.
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