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Date(s) – 24/09/2017 – 03/10/2017
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Enhancing the Role of the Media in Promoting Oil and Gas Sector Transparency and Accountability Project

2017 marks Ghana’s 10th year of commercial oil exploration and production, an enviable achievement in the Africa extractive market. A decade of crude production, the country has raked $3.4 billion dollars as total revenue from the sector. However, this achievement couldn’t have been any better without the enormous contribution of some civil society organizations, stakeholders and media in playing a watch dog role over the country’s revenue and resource.

However, there are countless questions surrounding the sector such as corruption, misapplication of petroleum revenues and many others. These and other issues require deeper analysis and investigation to unearth and bring to light some of the issues. It is against this backdrop that Penplusbytes with support from Ghana Oil and Gas for Inclusive Growth (GOGIG) is set to initiate a six months project dubbed ‘Enhancing the role of the media in promoting oil and gas sector transparency and accountability’ The rationale of the project is to ensure transparency and accountability in the oil and gas sector through effective public oversight on oil and gas resource management. The project will contribute to Ghana Oil and Gas for Inclusive Growth (“GOGIG”) mission of Preventing corruption and strengthening accountability, by supporting the media and amplifying sector issues within the framework of promoting public engagement on pertinent issues.

Project Objectives

The project aim is:

  1. To train journalists on specific sector knowledge and investigative journalism skills – training and monitoring of how journalist and media houses apply knowledge acquired
  2. To support selected trained journalists and media houses to enhance quality, and increase quantity of oil and gas investigative stories in the mass media
  3. To increase citizens’ awareness on oil and gas issues through visualization and infographics, and creating avenue for feedback from citizens on oil and gas issues

Project Activities

The project will use the following activities to achieve its objective:

  • Face to Face training
  • Field Trip
  • Bursaries
  • Mentoring
  • On Premises Training
  • Power Reporting Series


The “Enhancing the Role of the Media in Promoting Oil and Gas Sector Transparency and Accountability” project will go a long way to increase transparency, accountability and good governance over the oil and gas sector revenue for development of Ghana.

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