There is growing concern over the emergence of phony agencies that promise instant jobs for unsuspecting job seekers.
These agencies, which claim to train job seekers in the oil and gas industry, demand amounts ranging from GH¢300 and GH¢600 as admission fee for training programmes which usually last for five days. After this, candidates, no matter their educational and professional background, are assured of employment in the oil and gas industry.
Speaking to CITY & BUSINESS GUIDE, Major Ibrahim Rida, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Tropica Energy Resources, said several institutes keep springing up on a daily basis.
“This is a very formal sector that require very qualified and the kind of skills it requires would not take the few days that these agencies are offering,” he said.
The discovery of oil and gas in commercial quantities in Ghana has given birth to a burgeoning oil and gas industry in Ghana.
Since then, there has been high demand for job opportunities in the emerging petroleum industry by people who are inspired by the view that the petroleum industry offers attractive salary and compensation packages to its workforce.
This widely-held view has compelled many unemployed youth and experienced professionals to scramble for jobs in the fledging industry.
The craze for jobs in the petroleum industry has resulted in the mushrooming of oil and gas training institutions and agencies across the country, particularly in the Greater Accra and the Western regions.
Through attractive advertisement in newspapers and bill boards, these institutions are said to offer juicy salaries ranging from GH¢3000 to GH¢5000.
They promise to offer prospective trainees the requisite skills and competencies that would enable them secure employment in the petroleum industry.
“This is not true,” said Mr Rida “They are just defrauding the people and wasting their time. They are giving people who are expecting to be employed in the oil and gas sector false hope.”
To address the situation the CEO of Tropica Energy Resource who believes the agencies do not have proper certifications, suggested that the Accreditation Board, the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the government put in place measures to wipe them out.
“I am convinced that until government comes up with a policy concerning training institutions in this direction, we cannot stop such agencies from springing up,” said a worried Major Rida.
Donnan Tay, Acting Director of Tertiary Division of the Ministry of Education, stated that the Ministry is positioning itself to include oil and gas in the education curricular.
He said there are recognized institutions, which are piloting courses in oil and gas such as the Council for Vocational Education and Technical Training (COVETT) and the Takoradi Polytechnic.
However, the Civil Society organization, which has been active in the oil and gas industry, Kumasi Institute for Technology, Energy and Environment (KITE), indicated that the total employment potential of the emerging petroleum industry is insignificant as less than 800 people would be directly employed by the emerging petroleum industry.
Ishmael Edjekumhene, Director of KITE, said his organization would assist job-seekers in the oil and gas industry to plan and make informed career decisions.