ACEP Begins Media Fellowship Program On Oil And Gas

The Africa Centre for Energy Policy [ACEP] has organized an oil and gas program to train journalists who wants to become experts in the oil resource sector in Ghana.

ACEP’s first ever media fellowship which is offered free of charge will run for a period of six months and the participants who are mostly journalists are expected to attend lectures on the first week of every month [Monday –Saturday].

During the opening session on the first day of the program, the Executive Director of ACEP, Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam said the aim of the media fellowship is to provide a high level training to journalists who want to build their capacity in the upstream and downstream petroleum sector.

According to Dr. Amin, participants would be awarded a certificate which is equated to a master’s degree in oil and gas after a successful completion of the program.

Dr. Amin indicated that the highly placed professional lecturers are going to prepare the participants to become analyst who are going to give expert knowledge on the issues in the oil and sector after a completion of the fellowship program.

They shall equip participants with knowledge that will enable them to also take part in public discussions in an informed manner as well as report on the real issues of the oil and gas sector.

He urged participants to embrace the six month program with a prepared mindset to acquire more knowledge and understanding of the oil resources sector in order to become intellectuals and experts.

The Executive Director of ACEP told the media participants that they cannot become the critical voices of the oil and gas sector if they continue to act as “pedestrian watchers.”

Dr. Amin added that to manage our oil resources very prudently we must balance the interest of all the stakeholders which includes the government, the oil companies and the citizens especially those in the mining communities.

According to him, the way forward is to ensure that we all have an equal leverage just as those who are trained to manage our resources so that we are able to demand accountability from those officials.

He noted that Ghana has been transparent over the years but we are still faced with the challenged of transparency without accountability and therefore, it is the responsibility of the media to compel government to be more accountable to the people with regards to oil contacts and revenue management.

Mr. Benjamin Boakye, the Deputy Director of ACEP, who took the participants through the first topic on “Introduction to Oil and Gas: From Oil and Gas Formation to the Pump,” stated that the challenged has been that most journalists or reporters are struggling to report on the real issues because of the lack of knowledge and understanding of the sector.

He added that, quiet apart from that, there are few ones who are doing exceptionally well in reporting on some of the issues that have emerged from the mismanagement of our oil resources.

Mr. Ben Boakye told the participants what brought about the formation of oil and gas also known as hydrocarbons and how they are extracted starting from the discoveries of the rocks where the oil is trapped to the point where it become necessary for production to begin.

During the six months program, participants will undertake field visits to oil mining companies and industry players to interact with them, there will be a panel discussion by fellows and one week presentation of individual project reports on a chosen topic.

The fellowship program would be followed by an outdooring of members and presentation of certificates.

Finally, all media fellows who completes the course will be admitted automatically into ACEP Fellow Forum where some experts in the sector would be invited to engage the media fellows for a continuous dialogue and sharing of information and learning.

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