Energy Strategist and Lead Technical Consultant to COPEC, Dr. Yusif Sulemana has urged government to appoint a visionary and enterprising leader to manage the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR).
This follows the exit of the Managing Director of the company, Francis Boateng and his deputy, Ato Morrison on Monday, 14 June 2021.
According to Dr Sulemana, the appointment of a visionary leader for TOR will ensure the nation’s oil refinery is restructured and revamped.
Speaking in an interview with Class Business, Dr. Yusif Sulemana said the TOR currently needs an enterprising leader to turn the fortunes of the Refinery around.
“The refinery has been idle and part of this is because of these issues. They don’t have stable leadership. So going forward, the MD is fired. We need to get a stable leadership. We need to get a leader who is business minded and I can tell you government needs to get an enterprising, energetic, selfless person to take charge of the refinery with a business focus,” he said.
He further noted that the next Managing Director must be committed to work to improve the operations at the refinery “like a business” within a given time frame, with the requisite resources provided.
Meanwhile, government has appointed a 3-Member Interim Management Committee to oversee the affairs of the Tema Oil Refinery.
The chairman of the IMC is Mr Nobert Cormla-Djamposu Anku.
The other members are Mr William Ntim Boadu and Mr Okyere Baffuor Sarpong.
The committee has been tasked to, among others, ensure the smooth transition from the outgone directors, undertake technical and human resource audits, as well as receive and assess viable partnerships for TOR.