On Friday, 10th September 2021, I delivered a speech on behalf of H. E. Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia at the Commencement Ceremony for the Training of 150 Beneficiaries of the Accelerated Oil and Gas Capacity (AOGC) Programme at the Takoradi Technical University (TTU).

I extended the Vice President’s greetings to all who were present at the Ceremony. The Vice President stated that he was glad to engage industry captains and other key stakeholders, on one of the most important events that should contribute to Ghanaians assuming commanding control of our oil and gas industry.

He emphasized that Government prioritize the petroleum sector, so would want Ghanaians who are the ultimate owners of our petroleum resources to benefit to a large extent, hence, the need for the AOGC programme. The Vice President was clear that the NPP had the vision, hence captured the AOGC Training Programme in its manifesto, and it has implemented same to give Ghanaians the needed education, skills and expertise development, transfer of technology and know-how.

He indicated that Government is committed to supporting the Petroleum Commission to enable it effectively perform its mandate of regulating and managing resources on behalf of the people of Ghana. The Vice President was categorical on the enforcement of the Local Content Policy. He made it known that we needed to establish a new paradigm of an integrated oil and gas industry to propel local manufacturing and job creation.

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He reiterated that the key responsibility of every government is to create an enabling environment for employment creation for teeming youth by developing their capacities through training and skills. He said, for those who get these training opportunities can’t be employees all time but also have a vision of setting up their own businesses and projects that fits into the oil and gas value chain either alone or in partnership with others.

He called on all players in the sector to work with the Government to deepen the integration of the oil and petroleum sector with the non-oil sectors of the economy. In conclusion, H. E. The Vice President was confident that the training programme commenced on the 10th will to a large extent, improve the human resource capacity in the country. I successfully launched the programme on his behalf.

Hon. Kobby Okyere Darko-Mensah, Western Regional Minister and MP for Takoradi Constituency.

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