Accra, Oct. 6, GNA -
Penplusbytes in partnership with the Natural Resource Governance Institute
(NRGI) is organising a twelve-day training programme in Accra on the
extractives sector for 24 journalists from Ghana, Uganda and Tanzania.
The capacity building programme which is slated for October 5 to October 17, 2015 falls under the “Strengthening Media Oversight of the Extractive Sectors” project.
A press release from Penplusbytes signed by Yaw Frempong Ampomah, Project Associate, and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) said the programme aimed at helping to promote effective and consistent media oversight of oil, gas and mining activities as a pathway to increasing the number and quality of stories about extractives across all media platforms.
The training course will offer a wide range of benefits including providing holistic and comprehensive support to journalists through specialized knowledge and skills modules; professional mentoring; experiential learning; access to sources and vital information. It will also provide access to data, as well as encourage interaction with peers, experts, policy makers, and oversight actors.
“Bringing on board experts from the extractives industry, participants will be taken through workshop sessions to discuss varied topics that include the Role of the Journalist, Natural Resource Decision Chain, Legal Frameworks and Checklist for Strong and Compelling Stories”, the release said, adding that there will be other topics on the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI), and Revenue Management.
It further stated: “Penplusbytes’ Executive Director, Kwami Ahiabenu II, believes that good governance of oil, gas and mining resources and the revenues they generate requires effective oversight”.
It explained that an effective oversight, however, hinged on an informed, responsive and dynamic media to provide necessary and accurate information to the public about critical governance issues, hence the training programme which would provide an opportunity for journalists to “develop more insight and skills on the sector in Africa in ways that are self-sustaining.”
The release quoted one of the participants of the programme as saying: “The extractive sector remains one of the most critical areas of our economy and as a journalist, it behoves on me to contribute to ensuring proper management of its revenue. This training is a chance to broaden my knowledge on the sector.”
As part of the training, participants will also take trips to Golden Star Resources in Prestea and Goldfields Mining Company in Tarkwa to experience at first hand, their operations as a means to broaden their scope and knowledge base about mining activities.
Penplusbytes is a not-for-profit organization driving change through innovations in three key areas, namely using new digital technologies to enable good governance and accountability; new media and innovations; and driving oversight for effective utilisation of mining, oil and gas revenue and resources.
The Natural Resource Governance Institute is a non-profit policy institute and grant-making organization that promotes effective, transparent and accountable management of oil, gas and mineral resources for the public good.