The Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) says government expects young men and women in the oil and gas enclave to come out with business development plans to create job opportunities for themselves in the industry.
The Centre has therefore identified job openings in the oil and gas sector such as catering services, hotel accommodation, waste management, insurance and warehousing.
The Manager in charge of Training, Development and Research of EDC, Mr. Yen Sapark was addressing 86 participants of the youth in the Ellembelle District during an oil and gas exhibition at Aiyinasi.
It was on the theme: “Enhancing Opportunities for Ghanaian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the Oil and Gas Industry”.
It was sponsored by Tullow Oil Limited, the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Kosmsos Energy, Anadarka and the Government of Ghana.
Mr. Sapark said his outfit was poised guide and direct the youth with the requisite qualification to be absorbed in the oil and gas industry.
The programme took participants through steps such as creating their own businesses through self initiatives, strategic thinking and entrepreneurial skills.
He said the youth should not sit unconcern and expect government to bring jobs in the oil and gas industry to their doorsteps.
Later in an interview, a participant, Mr. Stephen Adinyina appealed to the District Assembly to have an oversight responsibility over the required manpower in the oil and gas sector so that those with the requisite qualification were absorbed.
He also called for a regulatory body to monitor the welfare of workers in the sector so that their human rights were not trampled upon.