Ghana’s Inspector General of Police, James Oppong-Boanuh, has charged operators of fuel retail outlets in the West African nation to do proper background checks on persons they intend to recruit as workers before offering them job.
His advice follows recent robbery incidents at some fuel retail outlets in parts of the West African nation.
The IGP, who gave the advice in a speech read for him at the 4th Petroleum Safety Week by the Association of Oil Marketing Companies in Accra, said there is the possibility that recent robberies being witnessed are engineered by staff of the fuel stations.
The IGP said the police administration has IT system which can assist OMCs to conduct thorough investigations on persons they intend to employ.
According to him, the system is able to tell if the prospective employee has been involved in criminal activities before.
He charged OMCs to do well to invest in intelligence gathering systems to aid them in tracking criminals.
The Chief Inspector at National Petroleum Authority (NPA) Esther Anku, who described the fuel station robberies as worrying, underscored the need for the OMCs to partner with security agencies to deal with the situation.