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12 mo' reasons why they joined fair-trade oil share campaign

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 Source: Lungu, Prof.

By: Prof Lungu

Ghanaians and Ghana supporters all over the world are having their say about Ghana's oil revenues!

The Fair-Trade Oil Share Ghana (FTOS-Gh/PSA) Petition/Campaign to ensure Ghana receives a fair share of its oil revenues has had a CountDown Clock since Novembr, 2015. See the FTOS-Gh/PSA CountDown Clock at this weblink/site:

http://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/generic?msg=Countdown%20to%20Production%20Sharing%20Agreement%20%28PSA%29%20for%20Ghana&p0=4&swk=1&year=2015&month=11&day=30&hour=0&min=0&sec=0.

As of this update, it has been exactly 18 weeks, 5 days, 0 hours and 0 minutes since we kicked off the online petition, on Sunday, 29 November, 2015 (Accra time).

We send our sincerest gratitude to you, if you have already signed the petition.

The online petition for all concerned Ghanaians and Ghana supporters is still on-going, at:

https://www.change.org/p/ghana-fair-trade-oil-share-psa-campaign-ftos-gh-psa/

MESSAGE: Please take just 5 minutes of your time and log on to the petition website, and join the petition. Sign the petition and join the more than 128 people who have already signed the petition and said they support Ghana, that "Enough Is Enough". Blast this message wide, and get your friends and colleagues to also sign, for Ghana's sake.

It is clear: All signatories agree that Ghana deserves and needs a world standard Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) for Ghana's oil.

This is the only way Ghana can ensure its citizens get a fair share of its own oil revenues in the first place. That is the only useful way get to wise "Revenue Management." In other words, Ghanaians cannot have an effective, fair, citizen-centered "Revenue Management" program before Ghana starts receiving its fair share of the Oil revenues in the first place.

YOUR UPDATE: In closing, and as an update further, the first set of 126 petitions was downloaded and delivered to the Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana the week of 18 March. The letters were delivered by FTOS-Gh/PSA campaign representatives in Ghana.

We provide below an additional 12 (of initial 70 comments) by supporters and signatories as of today, 1 April, 2016.

We organized the comments according to "Country" of residence of the signer, from Botswana to the United States. This is the second of our 6-part presentation featuring comments by the FTOS-Gh/PSA signatories.

We hope that by the end of this series you would have been be inspired by these heartfelt and sincere comments, that, you would also join the FTOS-Gh/PSA Campaign by signing the petition).

11 Additional Comments by FTOS-Gh/PSA Supporters, by Country of Residence.

Number Country Comment

11. Ghana Ghana needs a change in managing the oil resources.

12. Ghana I believe that the govt that believes in transparency should give us reasons why it prefers the Hybrid system.

13. Ghana I believe Ghana deserve better. Uganda has done same and Ghana's should not be worse. We must reap the benefits of oil exploration.

14. Ghana The whole contact doesn't make sense to me, and so with our gold. How do you go into a contract and come out with 17% and 2% of what originally belong to you? You must be a dumb ass.

15. Ghana Justice is fairness.

16. Ghana It is time we review such agreements. However, we need to be mindful of our weaker bargaining power. The fact is, at the time of negotiations we had not accumulated enough capital to strengthen our position. I believe GNPC is determined to reverse that anomaly. Ghana Gas is 100% ours. Let us be prepared to pay our taxes and be patriotic in our everyday lives, eschew the taking of bribes and diverting what is supposed to end up in state coffers.

17. Ghana I am signing because Ghana needs a better share of the Oil Revenue.

18. Ghana "I am signing because we are giving our resources to foeigners on a silver platter only to go back to them with a cup in hand begging for pittance. How possible?

19. Ghana Our resources must benefit.

20. Ghana It is sad. Our MPs do not have Research Assistants. Most of them are BBC (Born Before Computer), so they can go on the net and find facts for themselves and make good policies for Ghanaians. The younger ones are lazy to search for data for decision making. They are on faceboook or whatsapp chatting. Our politicians are not serious. This free doling of our oil to foreign oil companies because they provided the capital investment is b*****it. They should withdraw the Hybrid nonsense and put to Parliament the bill for PSA. We want the PSA.

21. Ghana Ghana must adopt the Production Sharing Agreement as all other Countries are doing.

22. Ghana Ghana must change to production sharing Agreement. It is the best.

(NOTE: Published with minor edits. The names of signatories, the date they signed, their towns/Zip Codes, etc., were excluded from this report to save space, and ensure a certain level of privacy to the signatories).

SOURCES:

FTOS-Gh/PSA Petition/Campaign:

https://www.change.org/p/ghana-fair-trade-oil-share-psa-campaign-ftos-gh-psa/

For More Information:

http://ghanahero.com/FTOS_GH_Campaign.html/

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©Prof Lungu is Ghana-Centered/Ghana-Proud.

Prof Lungu is based in Washington DC, USA.

Subj: 12 Mo' Reasons Why They Joined Fair-Trade Oil Share Ghana Campaign

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Columnist: Lungu, Prof.