About 840 Ghanaians have so far been engaged in various capacities in Ghana’s oil and gas sector.
660 expatriates have also been employed in the sector bringing the total number of people hired since the country started oil production in commercial quantities to 1,500.
Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, a Deputy Minister of Energy, who disclosed these on the floor of Parliament on Tuesday, said the afore-mentioned numbers represented 57 and 43 percent of Ghanaians and expatriates respectively engaged in the sector.
According to him, his outfit was unable to give the exact number of people from the Western region who had been employed as the information gathering instruments did not make provision for regional considerations.
Alhaji Inusah was answering a question from Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Takoradi, who wanted to know the percentage of people from the Western region employed in the current oil and gas industry.
The Takoradi MP said people of the region were not getting their fair share of employment although the oil was being produced from the area.
Mr. Okyere Darko-Mensah therefore called on government to bring the local content bill to Parliament for passage into an Act to ensure that Ghanaians are offered job opportunities in the oil and gas sector.
There have been numerous calls by Ghanaians for more local participation or local content in the oil and gas sector ever since the discovery at jubilee field in Western region.
This, according to them, would help avoid the oil curse syndrome which some oil producing countries including Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria had experienced.