The Accelerated Oil & Gas Capacity Programme (AOGC Programme ) was launched today, 7th November,2017 at the Regional Maritime University (RMU) in Accra, Ghana.
In attendance was the Sector Minister Hon. Boakye Agarko, the Ag. CEO of the Petroleum Commission Mr. Egbert Failbille Jnr. ,Chief Executive Officer of NPA Mr Tampuli , Vice Chancellor of RMU Professor Elvis Nyarko, Ministers of State, MPs ,Members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of upstream companies, the Ghana Navy, ship Captains, Chiefs among others.
In the speech read by Mr. Egbert Failbille Jnr;
“ the programme was imperative to build the capacity of both citizens and industry to enable them participate in the upstream oil and gas sector and that the AOGC programme is meant to address the challenge which bedeviled the existing capacity building approach for the oil and gas industry”
The programme will focus on building the capacities of individuals in four thematic areas namely;
The Technical, Vocational, Apprenticeship Development and Utilization; with the essence of creating the platform for technical and vocational institutions to work with employers in the institution to develop relevant curricula
Capacity Building for Small & Medium Enterprise; which is meant to develop vibrant indigenous SMEs by offering advisory services, financial facilitation and industry specific training
Capacity Development of Educational Institutions; which focuses on developing the capacities of relevant institutions to meet international standards by providing them with the relevant tools and equipment for hands on skills development.
Capacity Building for Public Institutions: which is meant to equip public institutions with the relevant tools an equipment for effective regulation and management of petroleum subsector.
Reading a speech on behalf of the President, Mr Agyarko said, the AOGC programme will train 1000 Ghanaians annually to gain technical skills,200 SMEs and 300 employees in public institutions. The President directed the Petroleum Commission, the manager of the programme to help ensure that graduates from this programme are absorbed by upstream industries.
The launch ended with the commissioning of the welding and fabrication workshop, Mechanical workshop, oil and gas laboratories which housed, a well-control simulator, process operator simulator, crane simulator, crane lab drill fluids, engine room simulator, among others)
The partners for the AOGC programme are the Ministry of Energy, Worldbank, Republic of Norway, GNPC, Tullow, HESS, Petroleum Commision, Enterprise Development Sector, Pyxera Global, Invest Africa, GE and GOGIG.
Reporting oil and gas will monitor the progress of this programme.
Energy Ministry, GOGIG to train over 3000 Ghanaians in Oil and Gas
GNPC to support training of oil and gas experts locally