Thus, he said, government must enacts laws and regulations to effectively manage the country’s oil and gas resources saying “we do not have the full complement of the laws and regulations we need to manage this resource –called Oil and Gas.”
According to him, the finding of the analysis provide clear indications of what “we need to do to return greater dividend from the sector to the good people of Ghana and to tackle some of the key governance challenges that in our view thwart our efforts as a country, to fully harness the socio-economic potential of the oil and gas industry in Ghana.”
Regrettably, our analysis found that almost a decade after the Jubilee discovery we still do not have the full complement of the governance instruments required to efficiently manage the resource.
Outstanding instruments include: Regulations to the E&P Act 2016 (Act 919); Completion of work on digital cadastral system by the Petroleum Commission, Finalisation of metering regulations and placement before Parliament to go through the process of passage, and Completion of work on the Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment for the Voltaian basin.
Though not covered in our report on the sector, we found, in the course of our analysis that, one of several factors impeding the growth and efficiency of our national oil company, the GNPC, has been excessive political interference and control of the entity. Recent example can be found in the manner in which the former government arm-twisted the corporation to provide guarantees for two floating power plants supplied by Karpower to augment national electricity generation capacity. The business case which is today cited in support of the deal was in fact, only an afterthought.
Another example is found in the lending of some US$50 million to the Ministry of Finance; an amount which was expected to be repaid in three months but has not been paid as of today, and which was not backed with appropriate documentation in spite of concerns raised by the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) and the Ghana Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (GHEITI).
By Isaac Aidoo