"Broaden the debate on oil governance," Ms. Joyce Aryee
manage Ghana’s oil and gas resources.
She said limiting participation to mainly party functionaries and well-wishers would deny the nation the opportunity to benefit from the knowledge and services of others whose ideas and suggestions could enrich the debate on oil governance and thus maximize the use of the resource for the nation.
Ms. Joyce Aryee, who is also the first woman to chair an African Chamber of Mines, said this at a round table discussion on oil and gas hosted jointly by the Ghana Center for Democratic Development and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) in Accra.
The discussion which was under the theme “Governance in Africa’s Oil and Gas Exporting Countries: evidence from the Ibrahim Index on African Governance” was chaired by Professor Akilagpa Sawyerr, a member of the Advisory Council of the Ibrahim Index on African Governance and member of the Council of State.
In his presentation, Mr. Edward Fokuoh Ampratwum, a research officer at CDD-Ghana concluded that governance quality in oil producing countries in the continent is generally poor, with the exception of a few countries.
Discussants unanimously agreed that although Ghana’s performance so far is relatively better, the country needs a long term national agenda and a clear strategic vision if her oil find is to be a blessing to her people. They called on Parliament to expedite action on the Freedom to Information Bill to facilitate the process of transparency and accountability.
In his closing remarks, Professor Akilakpa Sawyerr called for greater level of transparency in the management of the country’s oil. He urged the media to ensure that political discourse on this important subject focuses on policy issues.
The discussion was moderated by Professor Audrey Gadzepko, member of the CDD-Ghana Governing Council and attracted members of parliament, representatives of oil companies, the academia, the Diplomatic corps, religious leaders and the media.