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Parliament must not rush through but do a thorough job on the Petroleum Exploration and Production (E&P) Bill and ensure it guarantees open and competitive bidding for oil blocks as well as mandatory disclosure of oil contracts and beneficial owners, Civil Society Organisations have said.

Parliament last week invited memoranda from the public as it considers the long-in-coming law that will govern upstream petroleum activities.

The CSOs have responded by issuing a memo, which calls on the law-making body to among other things ensure the law provides clear conditions under which the sector minister can resort to direct negotiations instead of a public tender.

Read more: Don’t rubber-stamp petroleum bill- CSOs tell Parliament

A coalition of civil society organizations on Thursday urged government to ensure that the Petroleum Exploration and Production Bill and Marine Pollution Bill, which are before Parliament, are revised for the good of the nation.

According to the coalition although the current Bill is an improvement upon PNDC Law 84, as it encourages open tender in the award of petroleum contracts, the portion which arrogates power to the sector Minister to single handedly award contacts in some instance without giving reasons is a recipe for corruption in the near future.

The coalition members include the Centre for Public Interest Law (CEPIL), Friends of the Nation (FoN) and the Western Region branch of the Ghana National Canoe and Fishermen?s Council.

Read more: Ghana govt urgd to revise Petroleum and Marine Pollution Bills

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