The members of the Unionized body of Bulk Oil Storage and Transport (BOST), have stated emphatically that he current restructuring exercise going on in the company will not negatively affect hardworking staff, and that, it is rather meant to improve the working condition of staff, insisting that there is no cover-up at BOST.
The group however called on each staff to prove his or her ability to work in the positions they wish to apply for. This, the group stated against a reportage carried by the Publisher Newspaper, headlined, ?? COVER UP AT BOST TO SACK WORKERS?? published and dated 8th December, 2014. According to the Unionized BOST Staff, the said publication “is false and lacks credibility.”
According t the group, claims that there is an attempt to cover up rot in the company is a palpable falsehood.
“Indeed, the company is going through restructuring, which had already been agreed to by the Board, Management and the entire Staff of BOST. This was done after Zormelo and Associates; who were consulted to restructure BOST by the then Chairman of BOST, Alhaji Hudu Yhayha; failed to submit its report for implementation,” the group stated.
In a press release signed by Bernard Owusu, (Union Chairman- BOST) ad issued, the group noted that as soon as Mr. Kwame Awuah-Darko, the Managing Director of BOST assumed office, various demands had already been made to him which included the restructuring of BOST.
It went on to state that, the President was asked to appoint a new Board which he positively responded to.
“Today, we can boldly say that Mr. Kwame Awuah-Darko has tremendously transformed the fortunes of the company on a long-term basis with direct benefit to both Junior and Senior Staff of the company.”
“…..It must once again be noted that no worker has been sacked. In order not to be partial in appointing staff, the MD has presented the opportunity for all staff to compete for the position of their choices to get the best talent for the various position. However, as part of the restructuring, all staff members starting from the General Manager position to the lowest position have been agreed by the entry staff to apply to clean up the company from favouritism, cronyism and nepotism.”
This, the group believes, will pave way for some workers to be upgraded and promoted especially those who have served the company for so many years without promotion and training.
“It would also give some workers the opportunity to be move into other positions based on their experience and competence. Again, it would remove the suspicion that the ruling NDC government have employed its cronies and sympathisers into the company as was alleged in the publication,” the release stated.
The group however confirmed that, few years back, BOST was on the verge of collapse due to mismanagement by the past Board and Management, but fortunately, the emergence of Mr. Kwame Awuah-Darko as the MD and Mr. Kakra Essamuah the Board Chairman, has brought fresh ideas which have led to tremendous improvement in the company.
Again, the group pointed out that, it was stated in the same publication that the MD signed a controversial deal and outsourced the management of BOST depots? to TSL Logistics; a Ghanaian subsidiary of Nigerian-owned Company; without recourse to the Ministry of Energy.
“This allegation is also untrue; the unionized members of BOST can prove with documentation indicating the approval by the Energy Ministry to outsource depots to TSL.”
The unionized members of BOST however stressed that, ever since the outsourcing was done, the company has seen great improvement in terms of products loss and staff training in most of our depots? as compared to previous years.
“We are therefore solidly behind the MD for this project.”
“Finally, since Mr Kwame Awuah-Darko Became the MD of BOST he has operated the most transparent administration ever in the history of BOST, to the extent of inviting the senior staff Associations, unionized staff and some selected managements members in one of the board meeting in this very restructuring exercise.”