The Assistant General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Church, Ghana, Rev. Dr. Paul Henry Dsane has called on traditional authorities in the Western Region to invest a significant portion of the 10% oil revenue in human resource development if their demand is granted.
The chiefs are demanding a 10% share of oil proceeds in keeping with the royalties in the mining sector in Ghana. Rev, Dr. Dsane said traditional rulers should be interested in empowering their youth through education and training.
He was speaking on the theme:”Preparing the Ghanaian Youth for the opportunities in the Emerging Oil and Gas Industry”, at the passing out of over 900 trainees of Sigma Base Technical Services in Takoradi. He explained that training of the Ghanaian youth for the emerging oil and gas industry should be both a public and private partnership initiative.
“Government support is very critical for any genuine private training centre especially in this period of our history of oil and gas discovery. This will in no small way help to meet the significant local content participation”, he said.
Rev. Dr. Dsane asked Ghanaian youths to recognise the need to get the right education and training for the oil and gas industry. This, he said, will position them for the various opportunities that exist in the sector.
He advised the trainees to learn to do some documentation such as registration of business, simple book keeping, managerial skills, marketing and standardisation that will meet the international standards.
He also charged them to be technologically literate and doing research oriented. He further asked them to be abreast with time and current news; ”business in oil and gas economies are knowledge based with rapid promotion of science and technology to prepare the youth for sustainable employment”, he said.