Dennis Peprah/Fawzia Seidu, GNA
Abesim (B/R), Dec. 2, GNA – Parents have been urged to encourage children to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programmes to build the manpower for enhanced local content participation in the oil and gas sector.
Dr Emmanuel Yamoah Tenkorang, a Senior Research fellow at the University of Cape Coast, said this when he facilitated a media training workshop held at Abesim near Sunyani at the weekend.
It was organized by Wacam, a civil society organisation working in the extractive sector, to sensitise the media on local content participation and whip up interest in reporting on Oil and Gas.
Dr Tenkorang noted that though Ghana had a local content regulation to govern its oil and gas, the limited number of professionals and students not pursuing the STEM programmes made it difficult to employ Ghanaians as expected.
He called on technical universities to be innovative and make STEM programmes attractive for students to pursue.
Mrs Hannah Owusu-Koranteng, Associate Executive Director of Wacam, called on the media to champion the course of communities directly or indirectly affected by mining.
She urged them to ensure that the fundamental human rights of people in those communities were protected.