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President’s promise is an empty rhetoric – Union

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The General Transport, Petroleum, and Chemical Workers Union (GTPCWU) of the Ghana Trades Union Congress (TUC) has expressed skepticism regarding President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s commitment to revamping the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), deeming it mere rhetoric.

The President, during the commissioning of the Sentuo Oil Refinery located near TOR on January 26, 2024, had assured Ghanaians of his government’s dedication to revitalizing the struggling state oil refinery.

Mr. Bernard Owusu, the National Chairman of GTPCWU, dismissed the President’s promise as empty rhetoric, questioning why Akufo-Addo, during his seven to eight years in office, had not visited TOR, a national asset facing operational challenges.

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Owusu criticized the President for inaugurating a private refinery in close proximity to TOR without addressing the issues faced by the national facility.

Owusu raised concerns about the President’s sincerity, pointing out that the promise lacked credibility, especially considering Akufo-Addo’s past neglect of TOR. He questioned the President’s commitment, emphasizing that the statement made during the refinery’s commissioning was nothing more than political posturing.

The GTPCWU National Chairman also questioned the inclusion of Sentuo, a private investment, under the One District, One Factory (1D1F) initiative. He argued that if the government could support a private refinery through this initiative, it should also use the same platform to address the challenges faced by TOR.

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Addressing the potential impact of Sentuo on TOR’s viability, Owusu suggested that competition in the sector could be healthy. However, he expressed hope that the government would address TOR’s issues, allowing it to compete effectively, as it still possessed the capacity to produce.

The Tema Oil Refinery, operational since September 1963, currently faces operational challenges, while Sentuo Oil Refinery, in its first phase, aims to produce 40,000 barrels of refined products per day, eventually reaching a capacity of 100,000 barrels per day when fully completed.

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