Citi FM’s Western Regional Correspondent, Obrempong Yaw Ampofo, has been nominated for the Best Energy Reporter Award, at the Ghana Energy Awards, scheduled for November 30, 2017.
The Ghana Energy Awards, which is being organized by Energy Media Group and GP Business Associates, seeks to recognize the efforts, innovation and excellent advocates within the energy sector, and to celebrate the tremendous work of the players.
The Awards ceremony, which will be held on Thursday, 30th November 2017 at the Labadi Beach Hotel, is under the auspices of the World Energy Council Ghana, and Ghana’s Ministry of Energy.
Over the past years, Obrempong Yaw Ampofo has been largely focusing his reportage on Ghana’s extractive sector – mining and energy, producing online and on air reports to highlight issues confronting the sector.
He is the author of the Obrempong’s Oil Diary, a regular publication which is dedicated to the energy sector and its peculiar challenges, and the “Obrempong Writes” series, which is also dedicated to issues in the mining sector, particularly irresponsible mining practices and its effects on the environment.
Obrempong is an Africa Center for Energy Policy, ACEP Media Fellow.
The six months training program at ACEP afforded him the opportunity to be directly trained by Ghana’s current Deputy Energy Minister, Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam, then Executive Director of ACEP, Executive Director of ACEP, Benjamin Boakye and Dr. Ismeal Ackah, an energy expert currently with the Planning Ministry of Ghana.
After the training, he was equipped enough to start his industry focused publications.
His further association with the Co-Chair of the Ghana Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative GHEITI, Dr. Emmanuel Steve Asare Manteaw, who is also a member of the Public Interest and Accountability Committee PIAC, also afforded him the opportunity to understand the rather complex issues that play out in the oil and gas sector.
Since he got into contact with the aforementioned personalities, he currently assists some civil society organizations to track how Ghana’s oil revenues have been spent on different projects across the country.
Some of Obrempong’s works under the Obrempong’s Oil Diary Series include but not limited to “Six years of Oil in the eyes of labour; who is buying Ghana’s Oil, Dr. Matneaw asks; the proverbial vulture behind fuel explosions; sacrificing fishes for oil, a galamsey threat offshore; 10 years of Oil in Ghana, the story so far, the ECG Concession, the good, the bad and the ugly; among others.
The maiden Energy Awards with the theme; Energy for National Development: 60 years and Beyond” is being supported by the Ministry of Energy, the Energy Commission, the Petroleum Commission, World Energy Council Ghana, Ghana Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors, the Association of Oil Marketing Companies, Chamber of Petroleum Consumers – Ghana, the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) among others.
By: Ebenezer Afanyi Dadzie/citifmonline.com/Ghana