Media urged to educate public on oil, gas

Dr Dzirasah addressing the graduates

Dr Dzirasah addressing the graduates

The Acting Chief Executive of the Ghana Gas Company, Dr Ben Asante, has asked journalists to build their capacities in oil and gas, to be able to provide accurate reportage on the sector.

He said the oil and gas industry was relatively new, and “so far it has been reflected in headlines captions that you hear and read about, such as – Oil money, power crisis, Fuel shortages and petrol prices increase.”

Dr Asante gave the advice at the 2017 Congregation of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), held in Accra on Friday, on the theme: “Communication as a  tool for sustaining the Oil and gas industry.”

In all, 954 students out of the 1,060 students graduated with Diplomas and Degrees in Communication Studies – 319 students with Diplomas and   635 students with Degrees in Communication Studies.

They include journalists of the New Times Corporation, Agnes Opoku Sarpong, Linda Odrean Aryeetey, and Edem Mensah-Tsortsome, who graduated with Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies, Journalism option, and Jonathan Donkor and Ernestina Boateng, who obtained Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication, Public Relations option.

Dr Asante said the media had kept the oil and gas in the lime light, saying, “but you also agree that the oil and gas industry cannot be sustained in an environment of irredeemable ignorance”.

He said: “find things out yourself in the oil and gas industry, work hard and educate yourself in areas where you are most vulnerable and uncomfortable.  Minimise the ignorance, find the truth, your truth,” he said.

Dr Asante asked the management of GIJ to partner the Ghana Gas Company and the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, to develop courses for the oil and gas sector.

The Rector of GIJ, Dr Wilberforce S. Dzisah, asked the graduates to create their own businesses, instead of looking at government for jobs.

“As you venture into the world, see yourself as important players in knowledge-based economy.  It is up to you to take advantage of what you have learnt and apply it in a productive way rather than fold your arms and wait for government to find you a job,” he said.

He said the “job market is virtually being crowded out and it is your responsibility to dream big, by becoming employers rather than employees.”

Dr Dzisah urged the graduates to “continue to challenge yourself and never allow anything or anyone deter you from achieving your highest ambition in life.”

The Rector said GIJ has initiated the process of adding two programmes to the undergraduate courses, namely Integrated Development Studies and Communication and Marketing and Advertising Communication.

Dr Dzisah appealed to the Ministry of Finance to grant financial clearance for GIJ to recruit more staff.

The Chairman of the GIJ Council, Professor Kwasi Ansu Kyeremeh, asked the media to integrate social media in their operations, to remain relevant in the fast changing media landscape.

He pledged that GIJ would continue to train well qualified students for the media industry, and urged employers to invest in training for their staff.

By Kingsley Asare


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