The Chief Executive Officer of the Petroleum Commission, Mr Egbert Faibille Jnr says the Commission will constantly engage Ghanaians particularly those in the Western Region on the state of the industry.
According to him, the constant engagement will help manage expectations of stakeholders.
Mr Faibille is of the view that because the Western Region has been impacted by petroleum activities, there is the need to interface with major stakeholders including fishermen, chiefs and community leaders.
He was speaking to a cross section of journalists at Nkroful in the Ellembelle District of the Western Region at the on going two day annual community relations workshop on the theme “Managing Community Expectations of the Oil and Gas Industry “
He said the commission has an obligation to ensure that Ghanaians understand what is at stake with regards to employment, revenue the country makes and other pressing issues which surrounds the industry.
He said some few recalcitrant fishermen still fish around the FPSOs, causing safety challenges to the offshore oil activities and the fishermen themselves. Meanwhile
Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives from the six coastal districts of the Western Region are calling on the Petroleum Commission to as a matter of urgency ensure offshore petroleum companies are made to make all necessary payments meant for the assemblies where they are operating.
District Chief Executive for Ellembelle, Kwesi Bonzo who spoke on behalf of his colleagues at the ongoing annual community relations workshop made this known.
Kwesi Bonzo stated that expectations of Ghanaians especially those living in the coastal districts in the Western Region have since not been met.
He argued that the oil find which was supposed to be a blessing and turn the fortunes of especially residents in the frontline coastal communities has rather worsened their plight due to high standard of living, heavy vehicular and human congestion and high rent charges amongst others.
He has therefore challenged the Commission to ensure that both local and International Oil and Gas companies comply with the rules and regulations governing their operations in the payment of the required business operating licenses to the various assemblies.