The Ghana National Petroleum Commission (GNPC) is urging Ghanaians especially residents living in rich-resource communities to equip themselves with the necessary skills to enable them to benefit adequately from the oil and gas industry.
According to the Commission, the introduction of the Local Content Law L.I 2204 gives backing to more local participation in the industry hence residents must take advantage of the LI and tap into opportunities in the industry.
This was made known during a two-day advocacy program at Abor and Anloga communities with regards to oil and gas exploration activities in the Keta Lagoon.
The program was organized by the Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ) in collaboration with Evidence and Lessons from Latin America (ELLA).
The advocacy program was to engage stakeholders and community members and enlighten them on the prospects of the oil and gas industry and its accompanying job opportunities.
The Contract and Procurement Administrator at the Local Content Department of GNPC, Agatha Eno Armarh who educated participants on the Local Content Law asserted that the introduction of the Law was to enable Ghanaians to benefit adequately from industries in their areas.
She added that there are lots of opportunities in the oil and gas industry, urging the participants to equip themselves with the needed skills and required qualification to be able to tap into these opportunities to improve their livelihoods.
A Geophysicist at GNPC, Greenfield Selorm Dogbevia implored residents around the Keta lagoon to exercise patients since benefits from the oil and gas exploration would take some time to manifest.
He urged communities to cooperate with companies that would embark on the oil exploration works in the Keta Lagoon and proposed that the Chiefs and land owners should lease out lands to the companies instead of selling.
The Paramount Chief of Abor Traditional Area, Togbe Dordziavudzi Atrinfu II was optimistic oil would be found in commercial quantities in the Keta Lagoon and advised participants and the younger generation to train in oil and gas related programs to enable them to work in the industry to benefit the community.