Some workers of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company have described as not being smart, the decision by President John Dramani not to immediately appoint a new Managing Director for the corporation, with the appointment of Kingsley Awuah Darko as the new Managing Director for Tema Oil Refinery.According to the workers, Mr Awuah Darko has been creating the impression that he has been appointed the MD for TOR in addition to his role as the acting MD for BOST.
“We don’t want to take it that there are no competent people in the country or in the NDC who cannot manage BOST better. This man has created a lot of mess here and so if he has been asked to go elsewhere we want to see that he is gone forever with all his troubles,” one angry worker said.
The workers particularly do not understand why one person should be put in charge of two strategic state corporations where he will be reporting to two separate boards of directors.
“For a long time, we had even expected President Mahama to take him out of BOST because we had a lot issues with the way he was running down the corporation, leaving us in a situation where payment of salaries is even a problem. So, we had even expected that the president would appoint somebody to take over from him before sending him to TOR for whatever reason the president had,” another worker said.
Meanwhile, workers of TOR also appear not to be very much enthused about the appointment of Mr Awuah Darko as their new MD.
“We are not very happy that this man has been asked to come here. We are aware of the troubles he had been causing at BOST and so TOR, being a very sensitive corporation, we thought the president would bring someone with unblemished track record to take over, and not this man whose management at BOST had been embroiled in controversies,” a concerned worker at TOR told the New Statesman.
He added: “But we can assure him that here at TOR, he will not find things easy if he decides to manage things like the way he had been doing it at BOST.”
Aggrieved workers of BOST recently accused Kwame Awuah Darko of presiding over gross mismanagement, financial improprieties and corruption, allegedly leading to huge financial losses to the company.
The workers alleged among other things that at a time BOST had been struggling to raise funds for its activities, Awuah’s management was paying a whopping sum of $43,000 as rent to a property owner called Frontiers Developers Limited at Dzorwulu every month.
Before moving to DEMMCO House at Dzorwulu, BOST had its offices at the Airport Residential Area, which had bigger office spaces but reportedly paid $13,000 monthly as rent.
In a letter sent to the presidency to investigate Mr Awuah-Darko’s alleged mismanagement, the aggrieved workers also claimed that BOST had entered into a dubious contract with TSL Logistics (Ghana) Limited for which it was paying $56,170.21 every month as management fees.
BOST was also alleged to be paying $594,000 monthly to TSL to cater for ‘reimbursables’, an amount which included money for maintenance, training, standard operating procedures as well as salaries, even though TSL Logistics was reportedly using staff of BOST to execute the said contract.
They further alleged that Mr Awuah-Darko had presented a budget of $8 million as the total cost on automation of BOST depots nationwide, but in less than a year had allegedly revised the amount to $16 million.