Mr. Egbert Faibille, the Chief Executive Officer of the Petroleum Commission has tasked the Upstream Petroleum industry to ensure there is peaceful co-existence between them, the fisheries and other users of the marine space.
He made the call at a workshop on Safe Sea Access Framework held in Accra.
The Safe Sea Access Framework was borne out of a study that forms part of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee’s Action Plan to ensure strategic Co-existence of the oil and gas and fisheries sectors.
The study was commissioned with the objective of finding solutions and recommendation for strategies that could potentially reduce further encroachment of fishermen into the advisory and exclusive zones in the Oil and Gas operational areas.
The country, Mr. Faibille Jnr. Noted, has been endowed with abundant natural resources and must be sustainably exploited for the collective benefit of all Ghanaians.
“In doing that conscious effort must be made to ensure that there are no conflicts within, between or among various sectors of the economy”.
The Petroleum Commission as the sector regulator of the Upstream Petroleum Industry in Ghana, he stated, believes in consensus and therefore would seize every opportunity to engage its key stakeholders on important national matters.
The new Board and Management, according to Mr. Egbert Failble Jnr., is charting a new course in managing social performance.
Participants comprising fishermen, DCEs, MMDCEs, traditional rulers etc were taking through current situation on Sea Access, highlighting risks and costs and the underlining factors leading to the existing situation and recommended strategies for managing Sea Access etc.
By William Sarpong