The President of Ghana Oil and Gas Service Providers Association (GOSPA) Nii Amoo Cudjoe, has stated unequivocally that their association will work assiduously to change the face of the Oil and Gas sector in the country.
For the realization of this dream, the Ghana Oil and Gas Providers Association (GOSPA) has pledged its readiness to assist any of its members who desire to be a world class by all standards.
According to him, the industry stakeholders – the Petroleum Commission, GNPC IOC’s and Local Committee would not be left out of their range to enforce coordination, development and accomplishment of their agenda.
He made this remark in an exclusive interview with this reporter after their Association Annual General Meeting in which was held Accra.
This he said, their vision for this year is to offer quality advocacy and also ensure GOSPA’s visibility in the industry by running a vigorous publicity to promote the activities of the Association.
Adding that, they will support their members in order stand tall to bid for contracts when the need arise as well serve their numerous client base professionally irrespective of where they find themselves.
As the new elected President for the next two years, he said his core aim is to strengthen the bond between the Petroleum Commission and the members of the Association.
This, he believes will give members great exposure and opportunities as they collectively work to be a force to reckon with in the industry.
“We are committed to working around the clock to change the face of the Oil and Gas Sector in the country”, he stressed.
Adding they are looking at the creative ways of generating funds to support members through the association as they intend to expand its membership base across the country.
To achieve this feat, the new elected president revealed the association is in talks with financial institutions to help members who due to financial difficulty, are not able to secure a contract since this has been a great worry to GOSPA since its establishment ten years ago.
On the way forward, Nii Amoo Kudjo stated, there is the need for proper enforcement of the laws and regulations governing the oil and gas industry pointing out that, foreign companies are trooping into the industry with less or no due checks by the regulatory body Petroleum Commission.
Furthermore, effective monitoring on our shores and oil sites he said of great essence if Ghana want to maximize revenues from its oil and gas fields.
On jobs, he revealed that, more opportunities are sprinkling up every day but the challenges are the expatriate companies in the country hires the services of their own and employs local folks into its casual workforce, which the Association hopes in some years to come, its members will be in the best position to win most these jobs, hence employ local folks to relevant positions with the requisite skills and knowledge needed to have quality and quantity production.
And to ensure this is realized, the President of GOSPA, Nii Amoo Kudjo indicated that, the Association is putting relevant measures as well capacity building workshops for it members.
He therefore called on all members to be active as well participate in any training or opportunities presented to them by the Association that they are poised to be an active and vibrant Oil and Gas Providers in Ghana.
He also urged Local companies in the Oil and Gas industry to be proactive in order to stand tall to compete with the foreign companies as they strive to be a locally world class companies.
“ Let me take this opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous and adorable initiatives and projects that were undertaken by our previous leadership Indeed you are an inspiration , a challenge and an avenue for us to continue doing these great works that you began,” he lauded.
By: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/Newsghana.com.gh