Government of Ghana has secured a $4.5 million investment to boost its energy sector.
This follows an announcement by the country’s minister of information, Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.
The money to train the citizens was generated from a programme the government launched in 2017 which was dubbed Aker Energy, and it aimed at creating opportunities for Ghanaians in the upstream oil and gas sector.
Mr Nkrumah at a press briefing revealed that, the AOGC is aimed at developing the capacities of Ghanaian technical and vocational institutions as well as universities to offer world-class training and certifications for the oil and gas industry.
This he said had triggered the government to set up a Secretariat under the Petroleum Commission to see to the realization of the objectives of the programme.
He said, the programme will provide technical trainings and as well certifications to train mechanical technicians, electrical technicians, instrumentation technicians, welders and metal fabricators, NDT Technicians.
The AOGC will also ensure that all the trainees at the same time will acquire BOSIET (Basic Offshore Induction and Emergency training) to facilitate their smooth transition into the upstream petroleum sector as qualified technicians.
The Information Minister then added that, “this will add a further 200 skilled workers to the upstream industry and ensure that increasingly more of the jobs in the upstream sector are now done by Ghanaians.”
The training starts in January and by December the last cohort should have been completed.