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Prez. Akufo-Addo Launches New Capacity Programme For The Oil And Gas Sector

The President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has launched a new capacity development programme for Ghana’s oil and gas sector dubbed “Accelerated Oil and Gas Capacity (AOGC) Programme”. The programme is aimed at empowering Ghanaians and Ghanaian companies with the requisite skills for them to actively participate in Ghana’s oil and gas industry.

The AOGC Programme which has been carefully conceived combines different capacity building initiatives as well as new initiatives, to meet the demands of the oil and gas industry. It is categorized in four thematic areas namely: Technical, Vocational, Apprenticeship Development and Utilisation; Capacity Development of Educational Institutions; SME Capacity Building; and Public Institutional Development & Sector Management.

According to the President in a speech read on his behalf by the Minister for Energy, Hon. Boakye Agyarko, Government is determined to expand opportunities in the oil and gas industry, and “use it as a catalyst for the rapid transformation of our country” he said.

Stressing on his plans to ensure that Ghana runs a successful oil and gas regime, the President indicated that Ghana was privy to successes and failures of other oil producing economies after discovering oil and gas in commercial quantities in 2017 under the leadership of His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor, former President of the Republic. “What history has taught us, and the lessons we have learnt from other successful oil and gas jurisdictions, are deliberate policies and programmes have been put in place to ensure that nationals of these oil and gas economies take a full and active part in oil and gas activities. “One of the surest ways to ensuring active Ghanaian participation in our oil and gas industry is to build the capacity of Ghanaians to take up opportunities in the industry” he added.

The President also indicated that the Ministry of Energy has already laid out a plan under the AOGC Programme to train 1000 Ghanaians annually to gain various technical skills.

H.E Akufo-Addo further emphasized that 200 Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) will be provided with the capacity to gain a competitive advantage in the industry annually. Additionally, 300 employees of public institutions will be adequately prepared to support the development of oil and gas policies, and enforce industry regulations.

Hon. Boakye Agyarko also commissioned and toured state of the art oil and gas facilities and a welding, fabrication and mechanical workshop constructed by the Oil and Gas Capacity Building Project (OGCBP) for the Regional Maritime University (RMU).

1,000 Ghanaians to benefit from Oil and Gas Training Annually

The Ministry of Energy has laid out a plan to train 1000 Ghanaians annually to gain various technical skills needed in the oil and gas industry. As part of the laid out plan, 200 Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) will also be provided with the capacity to gain a competitive advantage in the industry annually as well as 300 employees of public institutions will be adequately prepared to support the development of oil and gas policies, and enforce industry regulations.

This was made known during the launch of a new capacity building programme by Government dubbed “Accelerated Oil and Gas Capacity (AOGC) Programme” in Accra on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

According to the President in a speech read on his behalf by the Minister for Energy, Hon. Boakye Agyarko, the programme is aimed at empowering Ghanaians and Ghanaian companies with the requisite skills for them to actively participate in Ghana’s oil and gas industry. He further noted that Government is determined to expand opportunities in the oil and gas industry, and use it as a catalyst for the rapid transformation of the country.

With regards to increasing Ghana’s upstream production profile, the President announced Government’s plans to partner national and international oil and gas exploration companies to take up more acreage in offshore basins to accelerate exploration. “The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation has also embarked on aggressive onshore seismic campaigns for the future development of the Voltain Basin” he emphasized.

He also cautioned companies holding oil blocks under various Petroleum Agreements to demonstrate commitment and execute their contractual obligations because Government reserves the right to exercise options available to it including termination of Agreements if they fail to comply with the terms agreed with Government.

The President urged all stakeholder especially the managers of the AOGC Programme, Petroleum Commission, to ensure that all activities under the Programme meet the high standards, as set out by national and international accreditation institutions.

The occasion ended with commissioning and touring of state of the art oil and gas facilities and a welding, fabrication and mechanical workshop constructed by the Oil and Gas Capacity Building Project (OGCBP) for Regional Maritime University (RMU).

Government Fulfils Another Campaign Promise

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) as part of its 2016 manifesto pledged to empower local firms to play progressively active roles in Ghana’s oil and gas value chain through capacity development, financing and partnership with foreign partners. The NPP also pledged to aggressively invest in education and skills enhancement of Ghanaians to manage the oil and gas sector, through a capacity building programme to be called the Accelerated Oil and Gas Development Programme.

In line with the above, Government on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at the Regional Maritime University in Accra, launched a new capacity building programme aimed at empowering Ghanaians and Ghanaian companies with the requisite skills for them to actively participate in Ghana’s oil and gas industry.

This shows Government’s determination to expand opportunities in the oil and gas industry, and use it as a catalyst for the rapid transformation of our nation.

The new capacity building programme dubbed the Accelerated Oil and Gas Capacity (AOGC) Programme will ensure that 1000 Ghanaians are trained annually to gain various technical skills needed in the oil and gas industry. The programme will also provide capacity for 200 Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) to gain a competitive advantage in the industry annually. Furthermore, 300 employees of public institutions will be adequately prepared to support the development of oil and gas policies, and enforce industry regulations.

The AOGC Programme will be managed by the Petroleum Commission with the Ministry of Energy playing a supervisory role.