The Ghanaian government has increased its efforts to ensure the f persons living disabilities (PWDs) and women also take advantage of opportunities in the oil and gas sector, a senior government official said here on Wednesday.
A deputy minister for Energy in charge of petroleum Mohammed Amin Adams said the government had instructed the petroleum commission to ensure that these marginalized groups were taken care of under all sector programs.
“Government has directed the petroleum commission to give a quota to serve the gender and persons with disability objective so that under the accelerated oil and gas capacity building program, these people are trained and empowered to benefit from the sector,” he told Xinhua in an interview.
The minister who had addressed stakeholders at a day’s forum on the inclusion of PWDs in the extractive sector said, the private oil companies in the country were also to comply with a similar directive.
The government has already directed that oil companies develop and publish gender and disability policies to demonstrate their commitment to including women and persons with disability in their operations, added the minister.
Although some areas along the oil value chain were difficult for PWDs to work in, the minister pointed out that there were many areas along the same value chain that they could work.
The forum organized by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and the National Council for Persons with Disability, had support from the Africa Center for Energy Policy (ACEP).
“As we are using oil revenues to pay for the free senior high school program, we must ensure that, since these resources belong to all of us, the needed educational facilities should be provided for PWDs as well,” Benjamin Boakye, Executive Director of ACEP said.
The chairman of the Council of Persons Living with Disability Yaw Ofori-Debrah urged that since issues of disability were gaining international recognition, Ghana should not be left behind in the practice of inclusion policies for all. Enditem