Energy Minister in Abuja to Meet his Colleague Minister of Petroleum ResourcesEnergy Minister in Abuja to Meet his Colleague Minister of Petroleum Resources

The Energy Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh as Chair of the Committee of Energy Ministers of ECOWAS, paid his colleague Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, a visit in Abuja last week. He wanted to establish a cordial relationship and leverage on the experience of Nigeria in the Oil and Gas industry, they having discovered oil over 3 decades ago.

There is the need to take lessons from Nigeria in all the mistakes they made with regards to signing petroleum agreements and maximizing their quota for local content, something Ghana is still getting a grasp on.

They also discussed their positions on the global conversations around energy transition and what the implications are for developing countries such as ours. Whilst it is important to recognize the need to gravitate towards clean energy, African countries must make this move organically, in order to use available fossil fuels to power industrialization agenda across the continent.

Lastly, they shared their commitment to support the African Petroleum Producers Organisation (APPO) who are championing the cause for Africa to be dealt with fairly when it comes to decisions such as prices and importation of petroleum products.

Dr. Prempeh looked forward to hosting his brother in Ghana soon to continue their discussions.