The Ghana Oil Company Limited (GOIL), the nation’s foremost indigenous oil marketing company, has commended the Government and the people of Ghana for maintaining the unity of the nation for 62 years.
“The Board, Management and Staff of GOIL applauds all religious and traditional leaders, civil society organisations, political parties, security personnel, farmers and the media for their valuable contribution towards the development of the nation,” Mr Patrick Akpe Kwame Akorli, the GOIL Group Chief Executive Officer, told the Ghana News Agency in an interview on Thursday.
“GOIL also appreciates the efforts of stakeholders in the transport sector, formal and informal sector, private and public sector actors, as well as the general public for working towards building Ghana,”
Ghana marked the 62nd Independence Anniversary on Wednesday, March 6, which was held in the Northern Regional capital, Tamale for the first time.
Mr Akorli said: “As we mark our 62nd milestone as a free state, we should believe in the potential of the indigenous Ghanaian companies. Therefore, GOIL will continue to showcase the ability of local entrepreneurs to contribute to the building of this nation.”
“Ghanaians should also reciprocate and support local companies by patronising our products and services. This is the only way we can empower local companies to meet the competition being offered by the multinationals.”
“Ghanaians must take firm control of the economy. And I challenge local leaders to exhibit high sense of patriotism and commit to building Ghana”.
He said GOIL would continue to oil the state with prudent management of oil resources to protect operations in the downstream sector.
He said GOIL had undertaken huge investment focusing on the roll-out of new service stations and face-lifting of existing ones geared towards maintaining a leading role in the downstream sector.
In addition to expanding through the retail sector, “GOIL is also expanding to other areas, especially the bitumen and bunkering sectors.
“We now have a 13.5 Million Litre Capacity Marine Gas Oil Storage (MGO) facility at the Takoradi Habour to meet anticipated demands as a result of the expansion of the habour,” he said.
Mr Akorli, who is also known as Togbe Adza-Nye IV, Dutorfia of Ziavi in the Volta Region, said as the nation marked 62 years of statehood, “we must take control of the economy and support indigenous companies.”
He assured customers and the general public that the Company would continue to deliver quality products and services to meet customer satisfaction.
Mr Akorli explained that GOIL, over the past decade, has recorded key milestones, which have resulted in several accomplishments.
These include the restructuring of GOIL from state-owned into a public-listed entity listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange through the visionary leadership of the Board of Directors, Management and the commitment of workers.
He said between 2010 and 2012, GOIL underwent a transformation process aimed at changing its logo, station outlook and most importantly the corporate culture, dubbed: “Good Energy comes with a smile”.
Though the Company’s main business is marketing and distribution of petroleum products in Ghana, one of the tenets of the New GOIL is to move beyond the current frontiers to marketing and distribution of energy products in general.
“GOIL, therefore, welcomes partners who are interested in helping us drive our business in this direction,” Mr Akorli said.