A three-member Interim Management Committee (IMC) has been set up to oversee the operations of Ghana’s only oil refinery, Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), after the dismissal of the refinery’s Managing Director and a Deputy.
The IMC is being chaired by Ing Norbert Anku, a former Managing Director of Enclave Power Limited, an independent power producer in the West African nation.
Other members of the IMC are Mr. William Ntim Boadu and Mr. Okyere Baffuor Sarpong.
The committee’s terms of reference include, among others, to ensure the smooth transfer from the outgone Directors, undertake technical and human resource audits as well as receiving and assessing viable partnerships for TOR, if any.
Inaugurating the three-member committee at the refinery on Tuesday, Ghana’s Minister for Energy, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh urged the IMC to be diligent in its work and bring their rich experience to bear in the discharge of their mandate.
He stressed the need to find the right partnerships, managerial infrastructure and equipment to enable TOR work as a strategic stakeholder in the oil and gas sector.
Dr. Prempeh also urged the staff of the refinery to put all past rancours behind them, cooperate with the IMC and work hard to ensure the success of the refinery.
The committee is to submit its report including findings and recommendations, to the Dr. Prempeh within three months.
Energynewsafrica.com reported earlier on Tuesday that the Managing Director of Tema Oil Refinery, Mr. Francis Boateng, and his Deputy, Ato Morrison, have been sacked.
The duo, according to energynewsafrica.com’s sources, received their dismissal letters on Friday.
It is unclear what occasioned their dismissal but energynewsafrica.com recalls that there had been agitations in
recent times by union workers demanding the removal of their MD and his Deputy over show of poor leadership.
The 45000bpd refinery built during the regime of Ghana’s first President, the late Dr Kwame Nkrumah, has been struggling and is saddled with huge indebtedness as a result of bad governance by successive governments.