Monitor oil industry to keep national interest alive

…Aidoo urges journalists

The Western Regional Minister, Mr. Paul Evans Aidoo, has urged journalists in the country, particularly, those working in the region, to monitor activities of the country’s oil industry, in order to keep the burning interest of the country alive.

“You constantly monitor what happens at the jubilee field, so that government would not be cheated,” he pointed out.

Addressing an end of year gathering with journalists in Sekondi recently, the Minister praised reporters in the region for accurately and truthfully informing the nation and the whole world about activities of the oil industry in Ghana, saying, “You have been very, very objective, where you have to criticise, you did.”

He said the smooth take off of Ghana’s oil industry could not have been possible without the relentless contribution of the western press. “You people in this region educated the whole country about the industry, which is very important,” he underscored.

According to Mr. Aidoo, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sefwi-Wiawso, whilst some media houses in the country were fueling and spreading half truths about activities of the industry, the western press were on top of the issues, and made significant contributions, which ultimately, ensured the smooth take off of the industry.

He said issues relating to the management of expectations of the people, activities of fisher folk, and security among others, were all handled with professionalism, and promised to ensure lasting peace in the region.

Mr. Aidoo, however, expressed regret at the danger activities of gallamsey (illegal mining) in the region continued to pose. “We could not do much, because there were certain challenges we encountered,” he noted.

The Regional Security Council however, managed to handle cases of armed robbery deligently.

Mr. David Yaro, Chief Director of the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC), also entreated journalists in the region to continue to educate the youth in the region to develop themselves and go into productive ventures, instead of waiting for jobs that are not readily available.

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