By Francis Tandoh ACCRA, (Xinhua)
-- A Ghanaian group here,
Civil Society Platform on Oil and Gas (CSPOG), is
pushing for a legislation to clarify which state
institution to be charged to collect surface rental as
the country prepares to undertake onshore commercial
production of oil and gas.
CSPOG Steve Manteaw told Xinhua last Sunday the current
arrangement where the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) was
mandated to collect surface rental in offshore oil
fields while the Office of the Administrator of Stool
Lands (OASL) also collected ground rent for mining
activities could create conflict.
Ghana’s Exploration and Production (E&P) law mandates
the GRA to collect surface rental as pertained in the
oil sector while the OASL does so in the mining sector.
rental describes the fee paid for occupying the surface
or area in the process of extracting the oil resource.
Its equivalence in the mining sector here is in the form
of ground rent.
you have such a situation and we come to produce oil on
the land, you will raise the question as to whether or
not GRA will continue to collect surface rental because
it is the oil industry or that particular role will be
assigned to the OASL because the land on which the oil
is extracted is held in trust for the people by the
chiefs and traditional authority.
one will think that because the law requires that
revenue derived from the exercise of surface right is
treated as stool land revenue and paid to the
beneficiaries through the OASL, it will be the OASL that
will collect surface rental for onshore oil activities,”
is also a member of the Public Interest and
Accountability Committee (PIAC), the body set up to
monitor the use of the country’s oil revenue, urged the
government to enact a legislation to provide clarity as
to which body is mandated to collect the surface rent.
into commercial production of oil offshore, the West
African country is shifting attention to onshore oil
Chairman of state oil company, Ghana National Petroleum
Corporation (GNPC), said the country was in the process
of awarding seismic test contracts for the onshore
Voltaian Basin covering about five of the 10
administrative regions (provinces) in the country.
making more efforts at finding oil in the Voltaian
Basin; therefore, efforts are being made, seismic tests
are going to be undertaken. Sooner than later, we are
going to award the contract for the seismic tests to be
carried out,” Blay said to Xinhua in an interview after
the country’s president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had
performed the official commissioning of oil production
on the Sankofa-Gye Nyame field Offshore Cape Three
Points (OCTP), 218 km west of the capital.