The Unionised Workers of Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) Company Limited are urging Ghanaians to disregard what they described as “obvious politically orchestrated petitions and statements” of wrongdoing being issued by some faceless individuals and circulated on media platforms and some print media, to deliberately bring the reputation of the company as well as the Managing Director into disrepute.
According to the unionised workers, those faceless individuals are seeking to satisfy their parochial interest and rather subject the reputation of some of the employees into disgrace.
The vanGuard Newspaper reported on Monday, 2nd April, 2019 that there was uneasy calm at BOST because of certain actions of the Managing Director of BOST George Mensah Okley.
However, a press statement signed by both the Senior Staff and Local Union Staff of BOST insisted that inasmuch as they are not in the habit of dignifying every faceless statement with a response, they are moved to respond to this because of the conscious efforts of the faceless people to tarnish the image of the Managing Director, Mr. George Mensah Okley.
“We want to tell Ghanaians that the Managing Director of BOST; George Mensah Okley is one of the most hardworking, result-driven and fair minded Managing Director to have come to BOST and we the Unionised Staff are fully behind him”, the statement read.
Below Is Full Press Statement Issued By Unionised Staff of BOST:
For Immediate Release
Ignore Rumour Mongers Seeking To Destroy BOST
Our attention has been drawn to a statement from some faceless individuals circulating on some media platforms that seek to deliberately bring the reputation of the company and that of the Managing Director (MD) and some employees into disrepute in order to satisfy their parochial interest.
Inasmuch as we are not in the habit of dignifying every faceless statement with a response, we are moved to respond to this because of the conscious efforts of the faceless people to tarnish the image of the MD.
We, Unionised Staff of BOST categorically distance ourselves from the obvious politically orchestrated petitions and statements and also urge Ghanaians to equally treat same with the contempt it deserves.
We want to tell Ghanaians that the Managing Director of BOST; George Mensah Okley is one of the most hardworking, result-driven and fair minded Managing Director to have come to BOST and we the Unionized Staff are fully behind him.
For starters, it takes a rare breed of individual in Ghana to decide to work with people based on their competence and integrity and not one’s political affiliation. Any right thinking person who has the corporate interest of BOST at heart should applaud Mr. George’s exemplary leadership and not condemn him.
Mr. Okley has done his best since he took over as MD of BOST. We believe his achievements deserve mention rather than this desperate attempt by these faceless individuals to tarnish his image. A few of his achievements are as follows:
1. Great advancements in securing funding and technical partners to upgrade BOST depots, restoring integrity in our operations at all BOST depots. We expect that this will raise our HSE to global standards.
2. A better and clearer relationship with the Bulk DISTRIBUTING COMPANIES (BDCs) has been established and this has further business to the company thereby giving the company a competitive edge over competitors. A typical example is the execution of through put agreements with almost all BDCs and collection rate of through put fees has increased from 43% to 96%.
3. Strategically, BOST is currently negotiating the purchase of a Depot in the Western Region with a Ghanaian Bank to free some private interests and to have some presence in that part of the country.
4. The acquisition of the VRA depot as a foundation to the petroleum plans in the Western Region. We are also planning on building an LPG network to support the delivery of government’s cylinder Recirculation Model. The success of the restructuring the company’s debts with the MOF will enable this take off soon.
5. The MD has successfully renegotiated and is at the stage of shipping into the country pipelines to refurbish the existing degraded pipeline between Accra plains depot and our transit depot in Akosombo. The contract has been awarded and the project will start within the next couple of weeks. This is a milestone in the history of the company because these pipelines were locked up in Houston, USA for the past ten years and no previous BOST MD was able to do what he has done within his short stay in office.
Under our current MD, BOST seeks to forge strong alliances and build confidence with the Banking and investment community. The good news is that we are well on course to achieve this milestone as well with excellent financial practices and compliance with regulations.
Following the above policy direction of the company under the leadership of the MD and his competent Board, it is therefore important that Ghanaians, the government and workers at BOST avoid paying attention to rumour mongers in order to give the hardworking MD the peace of mind to carry out the policy that he has initiated. This will serve BOST and Ghana greatly in the long run.
Senior Staff Chairman
Senior Staff Secretary
Local Union Chairman
Louis Doe Anku
Local Union Secretary
Peter Akoma Agyarko