The National Coordinator of the Centre for Social Impact Studies (CSIS) a local NGO, Mr Richard Ellimah has stressed the need for Ghanaian to monitor revenue from the oil sector to ensure that it benefits the people.
Mr Ellimah made the statement at a day’s forum at Half Assini in the Jomoro District of the Western Region on Tuesday.
It was jointly organised by the CSIS and Public What You Pay (PWYP), an international NGO based in Accra.
He said the two organizations would open branches in the districts around the Jubilee oil field to sensitize the people on how to ensure that the revenue generated could benefit them.
Nana Stephen Manteaw, National Coordinator of PWYP said with the discovery of the oil, series of workshops would be organized from time to time to educate the people on the production of oil and gas.
He said research conducted by the organisation in the mining areas in the country revealed that thousands of Ghana Cedis paid to District and Municipal Assemblies as royalties from by mining industries or government were rather used on recurrent expenditure.
He expressed regret that such monies did not go to fund development projects to improve the living standard of the people.
Mr Manteaw said it was to forestall the recurrence of such situations that community education programmes were being organized by the NGOs to sensitize the people on their rights and responsibilities with regard to the oil find.
A seven-member committee headed by Mr Pius Amenlemah, Jomoro District branch chairman of the National Association of Nzema Students, to educate the people on their rights and responsibilities when it comes to the oil and gas industries.