Ghana’s Minister for Energy, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has been dared to get the Managing Director of Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), Jerry Kofi Hinson, dismissed if it is true that US$2.5 million worth of condensate is missing from the refinery under the watch of the Managing Director.
Bernard Owusu, the National Chairman of the General Transport Petroleum and Chemical Workers Union, threw the challenge following claims by the Minister that condensate worth US$2.5 million has gone missing in the refinery in the last couple of weeks.
“I gave TOR a new business opportunity in the premix fuel market that all the condensate from Ghana Gas should be used for blending premix fuel. The last time I heard, over US$2.5 million worth of condensate had gone missing from TOR. If we all want TOR to work, and we don’t want another ECG in TOR, [we should do the right thing else] it will break the back of government,” Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh stated on an Accra-based Citi FM.
Reacting to his comment on another Accra-based FM station, Kessben 87.7 MHz, Mr Bernard Owusu challenged the Minister to back his claim with evidence, stating that GTPCWU is prepared to support him to deal with any worker who is found to be involved in the missing product.
“Just yesterday, I heard the Minister say that about 2.5 million worth of condensate can’t be accounted for. I’m using your medium to tell the Honourable Minister that if that is what has happened, then, the head of the institution, that is, the MD, should be fired. He should be investigated, and any worker involved should be dealt with. The union is prepared to support the Minister in that direction.
“We can’t sit down and allow people to do the wrong thing to affect the good people,” he stated.
An attempt to speak to the Managing Director of TOR has been unsuccessful as he failed to respond to our WhatsApp messages and phone calls.