The Kumasi Institute of Technology and Environment (KITE), a non-governmental organization in the energy sector, has launched two educational materials to help manage expectations and also improve the knowledge-base of stakeholders in the oil and gas industry.

The books, “Ghana’s Emerging Petroleum Industry: What Stakeholders Need to know”, and “An Illustrated Glossary of Selected Oil and Gas Terminologies” have been put together with the aim of complementing the awareness creation and sensitization campaigns to manage the heightened expectations of non-governmental stakeholders in the petroleum sector.

At a ceremony to launch the two books, the Director of KITE and the convener of the Oil and gas Stakeholders Network (OGSN), Mr. Ishmael Edjekumhene called on the public to show keen interest in issues related to the petroleum sector. He said the question as to whether the discovery of oil and gas would be a curse or a blessing would depend on how knowledgeable the citizens are about its management.

He said the industry was a highly specialised one replete with industry-specific terminologies and yet an area where non-technical actors have a stake and are expected to be involved in its governance, adding that the materials were developed to serve as quick reference guide for members of parliament, civil society actors and the media.

He said KITE was committed to working with stakeholders to promote the institutionalization and practicing of the ideals of good governance in Ghana’s oil and gas industry.

Speaking at the function, the Omahene of Essikado Traditional Area and chairman of the program, Nana Kwabena Nketia V, said the publication would ensure effective public/citizen participation in the oil and gas decision-making process. He therefore tasked stakeholders to exhibit responsible behaviour since issues regarding oil and gas production were very emotive.

Mr J. Y. Appiah, on behalf of the minister of Energy, Dr. Oteng Adjei, called on Ghanaians to collaborate with the ministry to insure that government achieved its target of drilling oil in the last quarter of 2010.

The publication was jointly funded by the Ghana Research and Advocacy Programme (G-RAP), and the World Bank/Centre for Development Partnerships Civil Society Fund.

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