|Cover of the book Black Gold by George Orwel|
Today oil in large commercial quantities starts to flow for the first time in Ghana. There's a big ceremony full of pomp and pageantry underway off the shores of Takoradi. We are being told not to be overly optimistic and also not to order our range rovers just yet. Frankly, I am yet to fully appreciate what positive impacts the oil can have for Ghana. In addition, the picture on the front cover of today's Daily Graphic showing whales washed ashore on a beach close to the oil zone is far from comforting. My oceanography knowledge is set to zero but beached whales can never really be a positive sign. Despite my skepticism, if we have the right policies in place governing how we handle our oil, we could potentially reap positive benefits from this gift. The question is, do we have policies already in place?
|Ghana Daily Graphic Newspaper 15 December 2010: Beached whale in oil zone|