Political power play, clash of egos is crumbling the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), Campaign Manager of the Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC), Dr Steve Manteaw, has said.
According to Dr Manteaw, the continuous appointment of politicians to head state institutions has not helped due to the numerous controversies that have stemmed from such parastatals.
Dr. Manteaw in an interview on Adom FM’s Burning Issues Monday, said the recent comment made by the Minister of Energy, Boakye Agyarko in Houston, concerning the scrapping of TOR to establish a Tank Farm is wrong.
He said the recent feud at the Ghana Cylinder Manufacturing Company between the CEO and the board could have been prevented.
He believes appointees are breaking diplomatic protocols due to their affiliations with political parties who appoint them to head positions.
He has called on the President to call the Minister and MD to do well to bring the brouhaha to a halt.
He also associated the TOR debt to political interference and expressed his personal dissatisfaction with the issue.
“We need to dilute the ownership of TOR to make it difficult for government to interfere in the day-to-day management of that entity”, he stated.
Meanwhile, the PRO of TOR, Dr Kingsley Antwi Bosiako, says whatever the Minister said in Houston is his personal opinion since TOR has plans with investors.
He said there was no official communication, indicating that TOR would be converted into a Tank Farm so that the refinery plant would be scrapped.