Bernard Owusu, the National Chairman of the General Transport Petroleum and Chemical Workers Union (GTPCWU), has challenged Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, aka Napo, to get the Managing Director of Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), Jerry Kofi Hinson, dismissed for his claims of some US$2.5 million worth of condensate missing from the refinery.
The National Chairman dared the Energy Minister a few days after the latter’s radio interview revelation that condensate worth US$2.5 million had gone missing at 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 2.5 million dollars 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 the government,” Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh stated on Accra-based Citi FM a day after some workers of the refinery had demonstrated against years of redundancy of the facility.
Sharply reacting to the Minister’s comment, Bernard Owusu, on an Accra-based FM station, Kessben, challenged Dr. Opoku Prempeh to back his claim with evidence, stating that the GTPCWU was prepared to support him to deal with any worker who was found to be involved in the missing product.
“If the Minister says 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 charged.