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16.08.2013 General News

Union demands dissolution of TOR board

By Daily Graphic
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The local union of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) is demanding the immediate dissolution of TOR's Board of Directors.

It accused the board members of allegedly indulging in activities that cost the refinery GH¢200,000 in sitting allowances, fuel, lodging and lunch between January and July 2013.

It also accused the seven-member board of interfering in the management of the refinery, instead of providing policy guidelines.

The  union chairman, Mr Emmanuel Offoh, speaking to the Daily Graphic in Tema, alleged that since 2011 when the government provided $30 million for the retooling of the refinery, the amount had not been used for that purpose.

He contended that had the money been used for the purpose for which it was given, some work would have been going on at the place.

Mr Offoh, who represents the junior staff, said currently leftover fuel in the tanks of the refinery was being issued out, after which the workers would have nothing to do.

He also alleged that oil companies in the Middle East had poached a large number of professionals from TOR and expressed worry that should the trend continue, TOR would lose all its core staff.

Mr Offoh, therefore, appealed to President Mahama to dissolve the current board and replace it with more effective people.

Speaking on phone with the Daily Graphic, the Managing Director of TOR, Mr Ato Ampiah, explained that 'the situation at TOR is an internal matter and we are solving it'.

By Rose Hayford- Darko/Daily Graphic/Ghana

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