November 15, 2017 9:00 am

As part of efforts by government to tap into the full potentials of the oil and gas industry, the Energy Ministry and other partners have successfully launched the Accelerated Oil and Gas Capacity Programme (AOGC) at the Regional Maritime University College in Accra on 7th November, 2017.

The Programme according to experts combines different capacity building initiatives as well as new initiatives to the meet the demands of the oil and gas industry and align it to national development objectives.

AOGC is categorized under four thematic areas namely; Technical Capacity Building, Capacity Development of Educational Institutions, Capacity Building for SMEs and Public Institutional Development and Sector Management.

In a speech read on his behalf by the Energy Minister-Hon. Boakye Agyarko, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo – Addo said the foundation and launching of the programme is a fulfillment of a promise he made during the last election to upgrade the capacity of indigenous Ghanaians to take charge of the activities in the oil and gas industry.

“Capacity building is one surest way of ensuring Ghanaians take charge of our industry, the problem is that, most of our people do not have the needed skills set required by oil and gas industries around the world”

“My government will ensure that Ghanaians are empowered to serve our petroleum industry and even offer help to other industries across the West African sub-region” he said.

The sector minister once again expressed great delight at the ruling of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and was hopeful government is even more poised and desirous of increasing the activities in the oil and gas industry.

Vice Chancellor of the Regional Maritime University-Professor Elvis Nyarko was grateful and lauded the support from government so far but was quick to add that more support from government, stakeholders, and partners will make the university realize its vision.

The colorful ceremony brought together ministers and deputy of states, local authorities from the Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal Assembly including Hon. Evelyn Naa Adjeley Twum-Gyamrah-MCE, traditional rulers, the Norwegian Ambassador to Ghana and other distinguished personalities.