• Tuesday , 5 July 2022
  • How can the people of Ghana ensure that the discovery of oil is beneficial to them?

How can the people of Ghana ensure that the discovery of oil is beneficial to them?

The Omanhene of Essikado Traditional Area, Nana Kobina Nketsia V speaks to David Ampofo about the balance between the interests of oil investors and the benefits of Ghana’s oil to its people.

“Before we get this oil the most important thing that we have to do is to think, look at what is there and out of it be able to create what we want to create with the oil. It is a resource, but if we don’t think, but just rush into it or allow it to be handled in a particular way, it will then use us rather than us using it.”

He argues that many countries in West Africa have allowed themselves to be used by the discovery of oil instead of vice versa.  “The oil came and they were not in control of it. If you do not control any tool, that tool will end up controlling you.”

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