The recent discovery of oil in many African countries has brought hope of jobs and prosperity. Ghana is no exception. The country is also determined to avoid the oil curse that has befallen to its next door neighbour Nigeria. There, oil has brought prosperity to a few and poverty to many, with endless oil spills polluting the environment.
When in 2007 the Jubilee oil field off the Ghana coast was discovered, the government promised to turn oil into a blessing. But now that the oil is flowing, there are concerns that multinational companies operating in the country are not hiring locals, and are even putting local enterprises out of business. Is Ghana is doing enough to avoid an oil curse?
Guests: citizens and oil workers of Takoradi, Ghana
Ghanaian union and government spokesmen
Producers: Fiifi Koomson/Hélène Michaud
Presentation: Fiifi Koomson/Winnie Onyimbo