Published On: Tue, Jul 20th, 2010

Oil And Gas Technicians And Engineers Being Trained In Ghana

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The chairman of national technical committee on oil and gas attached to the Ghana standard board (G.S.B.), Dr. Joseph K.D. Annan says the country has to train local technicians and engineers in oil and gas drilling.

He said the country must adopt international standards to instill best practices in industries, including the oil and gas sector, in order not to compromise efficiency in the oil sector.

Dr. K.D Annan stated these at the graduation ceremony of the 1st batch of graduates of the Ghana oil drilling academy and consultancy (GODAC) in Accra.
The grandaunts were 34 including a lady who was trained in off shore, on shore drilling and how to handle the rigs in oil drilling process. The President and CEO of Ghana oil drilling academy and consultancy, Mr. Prince Frimpong Donkor said if what the minister of energy says that in 10 years 90% of the workforce in the oil industry should be Ghanaians is to happen then the training of local hands is crucial.

He said training of oil and gas drilling technicians is very expensive and previously it was done outside the country but all barriers have been broken and the courses are now run here in the country.
He appealed to government of Ghana to support the private sectors who are committed to training local people to grab jobs at the oil fields.
Mr. Frimpong Donkor noted that the school he heads has links with the ministry of energy, and Ghana national petroleum corporation (GNPC), to ensure that training of the oil fields in western region is effective.

Source: Bernard Quanson – ejokobla@yahoo.com

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