Revenue Watch Institute in conjunction with The International Institute for ICT Journalism (Penplusbytes) today launched the “Strengthening Media Oversight of the Extractive Sectors Pilot Program” in Kumasi with Revenue Watch Africa Director Emmanuel Kuyole delivering the keynote. During the launch Dr. S.K Doyina of the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology(KNUST) spoke on how Ghana can take advantage of oil and gas opportunities through investing in its human resource.
The launch event was in two parts: a formal dinner with Editors of various media houses in Kumasi was held at the Golden Tulip Hotel and a media outreach programme with visits to various media houses in the city to introduce the programme to journalists in Kumasi and interact with the journalists on how to improve on the quality of oil and gas reporting from the region.
The “Strengthening Media Oversight of the Extractive Sectors Pilot Program” is a Revenue Watch Institute (RWI) initiative working with Penplusbytes in Ghana) and African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) in Uganda and Thompson Reuters Foundation. The project is a media capacity-building program in Africa (focusing specifically on Ghana and Uganda). The programme hopes to more holistically and intensively support participating journalists over the long term. The ultimate goal of this program is the effective and consistent coverage by the media of extractive resources and revenues, contributing to their improved use for the public good in Africa
‘Kwami Ahiabenu President of Penplusbytes said ” The project is aimed at giving journalists knowledge & skills to report effectively on the oil & gas industry in particular & the extractives industry in general. He added that it is designed to give the participants a working knowledge of the Oil & Gas Industry, specific story ideas and suggestions on how to follow them up” Currently 15 journalists have been trained so far on the programme and he encouraged the editors to enlist their reporters for the next course.
PenPlusBytes seeks to empower the media through the use of ICTs to advance the work of journalism. It consists of a network of media organizations and journalists interested in using ICTs effectively to advance the course of journalism. www.Penplusbytes.org Read more about penplusbytes oil and gas project at www.reportingoilandgas.org
Revenue Watch Institute: The Revenue Watch Institute is a non-profit policy institute and grantmaking organization that promotes the effective, transparent and accountable management of oil, gas and mineral resources for the public good. Through capacity building, technical assistance, research and advocacy, we help countries realize the development benefits of their natural resource wealth.http://www.revenuewatch.org