sharing in governance of extractive industries

Government asked to enhance linkage between academic institutions and petroleum industry

As part of efforts to facilitate and increase the participation of Ghanaians in the fledging oil and gas industry, Centre for Social Impact Studies (CeSIS), a research and advocacy non-governmental organization has called on government to review and improve the relationship between academic institutions and players in the petroleum industry. This is to help achieve the goal of empowering Ghanaians to take over the important positions in the oil and gas industry.

This call was made during a one day seminar organized in Kumasi on September 29, 2011 for graduates on employment opportunities that exist in the oil industry. The seminar with the theme “Strategically positioning today’s graduate in the oil and gas industry” brought together graduates and students in various tertiary schools in and around Kumasi.

A statement by the Director of Research and Advocacy of CeSIS, Mr. Clement Asiedu Menlah indicated that the relationship between the academic institutions and players of the industry is to improve the capacity of Ghanaians to drive the oil industry. “We are calling on the government based on our observation that the industry has on several occasions complained that there is very little capacity for Ghanaians to participate in the upstream petroleum industry”, said Mr. Asiedu Menlah adding that the government must be proactive in deepening the linkages between the industry and academia so that with time Ghanaians can take over the commanding heights of the oil and gas industry.

The chairman of the programme, Dr. Stephen Donyinah registered his displeasure with the development in the oil and gas industry. Dr. Stephen Donyinah, a lecturer at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), lamented “Ghanaians are approaching the oil industry with their lackadaisical attitude”. He added that we have been mining gold for several years but how many Ghanaians are employed in the mining companies”. He therefore urged government to link up the academic institutions with the oil industry players to enable churning out capable and effective graduates. He again admonished graduates to increase their knowledge of the oil industry to make them more competitive.

Dr. Donyinah on April 2011 revealed that government has neglected Ghanaian universities in matters of policies that guide the oil and gas industry during his presentation at a Local Content Workshop dubbed “Developments, Policies and Challenges for Ghana” at the Ghana Oil Summit in Accra. He was quoted as saying “the industry-university relationship in the country is not the best,” in his presentation titled “How Tertiary Education in Ghana is contributing towards the Local Content Capacity Building in the Emerging Oil and Gas Industry”.

The seminar marks the first of the series of regional education programmes that Centre for Social Impact Studies is organizing to increase awareness of the employment opportunities in the oil and gas industry graduates and students could take advantage of.

Story by: Stephen Yeboah [stephenyeboah110@yahoo.com]

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Comment by Stephen Yeboah on October 25, 2011 at 17:53

Thanks again. I will follow and learn more. I appreciate.

Comment by daniel gilbert on October 25, 2011 at 17:48

Hi, Stephen


One more comment .... I note that Osagyefo Network for Rural Development (OSNERD - Ghana) is a non-profit non-governmental organization, committed to poverty reduction and rural development.  I was wondering if you had come across another, complementary, ning online social platform (i.e. like GOXI), http://genderinvaluechains.ning.com/, which has the aim of "ncreas(ing) the gender sensitivity of value chain oriented sustainable rural economic development programmes".  So, there is an overlapping interest in rural development and poverty reduction here.  Of interest?


Comment by Stephen Yeboah on October 25, 2011 at 17:46

Hi Daniel,

Thank you for insight. This is refreshing for the extractive industry.

Comment by daniel gilbert on October 25, 2011 at 17:34

Hi, Stephen


One project is spear-heading academia-industry links on petroleum and, indeed, gas and mining too.

The Extractive Industries Source Book (http://www.eisourcebook.org) partnership includes the University of Dundee (the lead agent), the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and the University of Queensland in Australia, alongside industry groups such as the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and  the Institut Français du Pétrole (Paris, France), and (taking an even broader perspective) the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET).

The overall objective of the Extractive Industries Source Book is to provide developing nations with technical understanding and practical options around oil, gas and mining sector development issues. A central premise of the Source Book is that good technical knowledge can better inform political, economic and social choices with respect to sector development and the related risks and opportunities.

Hope this is helpful.

All the Best




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