By Dora Akyaa Asare
The Jubilee Partners, as part of it activities to celebrate Ghana’s oil find, has launched the Jubilee First Oil National Essay Competition yesterday in Accra.
The competition is to create awareness among the youth about Ghana’s oil sector, and also harness ideas on how to manage the sector for the good of the nation.
The essay competition, which will be from 12 to 30 November, this year, and in two categories, is targeted at students in the junior and senior high schools, while the senior category is targeted at students in the tertiary institutions.
The topics for the two categories are: TO WHAT USE SHOULD GHANA PUT ITS OIL WEALTH?
While the senior category is: GHANA’S OIL IS FOR DEVELOPMENT: OUTLINE SOME DEVELOPMENTAL BENEFITS OF GHANA’S OIL FIND.
Candidates in the junior and senior categories are expected to provide essays of not more than 500 and 750 words, after which winners would be rewarded with many interesting prizes, including educational grants, scholarships, cash prizes, laptops, and jubilee oil souvenirs.
Speaking at the launch, the Director of Pre-Tertiary Education at the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Mary Quaye, noted that the competition was a step in the right direction, as it seeks to involve the youth in an important national discussion.
“As we celebrate Ghana’s oil, there is the need for the Ghanaian public, and more importantly, the youth, to fully comprehend the importance of oil discovery, and its potential impact on Ghanaian society,” she said
Mrs. Quaye urged the youth to take advantage of this opportunity to get involved, and make their voices heard.
The Chairman of panel of judges, Professor Mawuli Adjei, outlined that the judges would be looking out for essays which present ideas in a balanced, comprehensive and objective manner which communicates ideas in a way that makes the issues raised relevant.
He pointed that some members of the judging panel are Mr. Fritz Baffour, Member of Parliament for Ablekuma South, Kweku Sakyi Addo, a Broadcast Journalist, the former Minister of State responsible for Education, Ms. Elizabeth Ohene, and a representative of the Jubilee Field Partners.
On his part, the President and a General Manager of Tullow Ghana Limited, Mr. Dai Jones, stated that the essay competition was one of the many educative, entertaining, and interesting programs put in place by the Jubilee Field Partners to mark the jubilee first oil production.