Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the energy minister, has disclosed that crude condensate worth $2.5 million has vanished from the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR).
According to Dr. Prempeh, the agreement he obtained for TOR in the premix industry has left the funds unaccounted for.
“I provided TOR a new opportunity to do business in the premix fuel market by directing them to use all of the condensate from Ghana Gas in the production of premix fuel. “About 2.5 million dollars’ worth of condensate had vanished from TOR, the last I heard,” he claimed.
He reassured the populace that the government is making every effort to revive the refinery in response to a request from employees. But, due to accusations made against him, employees are pushing for the Managing Director, Jerry K. Hinson, to be fired.
The General Transport Petroleum Chemical Workers Union (GTPCWU) has made it known that they plan to picket at key areas including Jubilee House, the Ministry of Energy, and others.
In response, Mr. Hinson wrote to the employees and issued a warning, citing sections 168–171 of the Labour Act, that any illegal strike action or picketing would be dealt with in accordance with the law.
Crude condensate worth $2.5 million allegedly vanished
“Please be mindful of the implications for participants/staff involved and the illegality of any such conduct under sections 168–171 of the Labour Act. Please pay attention to Section 171, which emphasizes that “picketing” is only permitted in support of a legal strike or other industrial action”. he stated
“Please note that involvement by staff in any illegal action, picketing, or other acts that could potentially undermine the authority of the Shareholder or disrupt the Company’s operations would have the consequences specified by the law.”