Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the energy minister, has disclosed that crude condensate worth US$2.5 million has vanished from the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR).
According to Dr. Prempeh, the monies are missing as a result of the premix sector agreement he obtained for TOR.
“I offered TOR a brand-new business opportunity in the premix fuel industry, advising them to use all of the condensate from Ghana Gas to produce premix fuel. The last I knew, TOR had lost condensate valued at more than US$2.5 million,” said Napo.
He reassured the populace that the government is making every effort to reopen the refinery in response to a request from employees.
But, due to accusations made against the managing director, Jerry K. Hinson, employees are clamoring for his dismissal.
The Ministry of Energy and other key facilities will be the target of picketing by the General Transport Petroleum Chemical Workers Union (GTPCWU).
In response, Hinson wrote to the employees and issued a warning, citing sections 168–171 of the Labour Act, that any illegal picketing or strikes would be dealt with in accordance with the law.
“Kindly be aware of the illegality of any such actions under clauses 168- 1 71 of the Labour Act and the consequences thereunder for participants/staff involved. Please be aware of section 171 in particular which emphasises the term “picketing” which is only lawful in furtherance of a lawful strike/industrial action,” he said.