The Ministry of Energy will soon roll-out a new programme dubbed the Accelerated Oil and Gas Capacity Building Programme, to build capacity of state institutions and improve local content in the petroleum sector.
This was made known by the Deputy Minister of Energy in charge of petroleum, Hon. Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam in an interview.
He affirmed government’s commitment to supporting institutions that train Ghanaian workforce to operate in the Oil and Gas industry. The Deputy Minister stressed the importance of skills development in the oil and gas sector and the need for Ghanaians to acquire the requisite skills needed to be at the forefront of Ghana’s petroleum industry.
“We are through with the concept and we will soon submit it to Cabinet for approval” he said.
According to him, “we collaborate with the industry to ensure that those who get trained get work easily”. He indicated that the Ministry is collaborating with the Regional Maritime University (RMU) to train 500 welders so they can be certified.
According to the Deputy Minister, Ghana’s development agenda is to grow the economy to rapidly achieve accelerated development and industrialization. He noted that the oil and gas industry is known to contribute significantly to the strong economic growth of oil and gas producing countries.
“It is anticipated that the development of the oil and gas industry will be a source of accelerated growth, poverty reduction and general prosperity to the people of Ghana.
“Local content in the upstream sector is a catalyst for government to create in-country value and promote its industrialization agenda.
Source: Adu Koranteng