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Job woes and local content

The dearth of oil jobs in Ghana is back in the news again.

“Youth angry over elusive jobs in oil industry,” was the title of an article published in the Ghanaian press on March 12th.

The article cites Ebow Haizel-Ferguson from Sigma-Base Technical Services, who urges the rapid development of “ancillary industries.” I interviewed Haizel-Ferguson for “Ghana: Will oil mean jobs?” a short video I produced for the Pulitzer Center .

Oil brings in huge amounts of money, of course, and along with that comes expectations of many, well-paid jobs. The problem is that the industry – at least as it exists in Ghana now – doesn’t generate much work.

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