Dr. Anthony Paul says strong and effective civil society participation will help to minimize potential mistakes in the industry.
He revealed the absence of such strong institutions means some oil producing countries encounter challenges at production stages.
Dr. Paul says not only should civil society groups be visible, but they must have the capacity to demand transparency and accountability from government.
In an interview with Luv Biz on the sidelines of Oil and Gas training programme for some selected journalists in Accra, he said the civil society organizations should scrutinize activities of the industry on behalf of the citizenry.
The Africa Center for Energy Policy (ACEP) and Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC) has been critical on some government decisions especially on some oil contracts.
Dr. Paul says the development is a good start for Ghana.
“Ghana must work on the accountability systems and procedures, those that people can say this is how the decision was made, that part will be important”. He stressed.
Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Paul says Ghana urgently needs natural gas master plan.
Drawing on experiences and lessons from Trinidad and Tobago, which analyzed gas market and resources in the early stages of production to meet the country’s needs means an introduction of master plan is not out of place.
After 5-years of going commercial with oil discovery, Ghana has neither Gas Policy nor a Gas Act, situation experts have warned of dire implications.
Despite assurances from Petroleum Minister, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah announcing in September 2015 of Gas Master Plan being finalized, the situation remains unchanged.
Source : Myjoyonline.com