Thursday, 24 November 2011 08:31
Dr Joe Oteng-Adjei, Minister for Energy (middle) inaugurating the Petroleum Commission Board
A Seven-Member Board of the Petroleum Commission (BPC) was yesterday inaugurated and charged to execute sustainable and cost-efficient activities to achieve optimal levels of resource exploitation for the benefit of the citizenry.
The Commission, which was established in response to the demands of Article 269 of the 1992 Constitution requires the body to also monitor and ensure compliance with national policies, laws, regulations, agreements on health, safety and environmental standards in petroleum activities.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony organised by the Ministry of Energy in Accra, the Sector Minister, Dr Joe Oteng-Adjei, expressed confidence in the capabilities of the members, saying “I am confident the Governing Body…will not fail in its responsibility of assisting government in turning the fortunes of our dear country around using the oil and gas resource.”
He advised the newly-inaugurated Board to restrict itself to issuing broad policy guidelines, approving operational targets and ensuring efficient management of resources to achieve approved targets.
Professor Ivan Addae-Mensah, Chairman of the BPC gave the assurance that the Commission will lay a firm foundation for the successful implementation of the programme to meet the government’s objective of ensuring an effective and efficient management of the hydrocarbon resource of the country.
He said the expectation of most Ghanaians on the way and manner the oil and gas wealth will and should be utilised is high, stressing the need to manage the sector effectively to benefit the citizens.
Other members of the BPC include Dr Kwabena Donkor, Mr Daniel Amlalo, Prof David Atta Peters, Mr Kwame Pianim, Mrs Victoria Emeafa Hardcastle and Mr Bishop Akologo, who was not present at the ceremony.
Dr Joe Oteng-Adjei administered the swearing of the official oath and the oath of secrecy.
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Photos: ISD (Felix Antonio)