The Managing Director (MD) of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transport (BOST), is warming his way into the media for bad reasons just like his predecessor, Alfred Obeng Boateng, who was removed by President Akufo-Addo on the back of series of corruption allegations that engulfed his reign.
Mr George Mensah Okley, who replaced Mr Obeng Boateng, last year, is already in the bad books of some of the BOST workers, accusing him of abusing his limited powers.
The workers, have consequently put their grievances into writing and have petitioned the Minister of Energy, the Chairman of the State Enterprises Commission, Board of Governors of BOST, Office of the President the NPP National Chairman, the NPP General Secretary, the NPP National Organizer and the Greater Regional Chairman for investigation.
But, interestingly, just as a section of the staff followed the former MD in his corrupt acts until he was removed, the unionized staff, has jumped to the defense of the new MD, refuting claims that he is self-centred and running down the company.
Their rebuttal was contained in a statement jointly signed by Abdul Rahman, Senior Staff Chairman; Ekow Sey, Senior Staff Secretary; Louis Doe Anku, Local Union Chairman; and Peter Akoma Agyarko, Local Union Secretary.
The unionized staff, described Mr Okley as a hardworking and result-driven individual. “Mr Okley is one of the most hardworking, result-driven and fair-minded Managing Director to have come to BOST and we the Unionized Staff are fully behind him.”
“It takes a rare breed of individual in Ghana to decide to work with people based on their competence and integrity; and not on one’s political affiliation,” the statement added.
On the other side are another group of staff , who disagree with their colleagues, claiming that since his appointment, the MD, has approved wasteful expenditure and travels for his trusted friends, and had threaten staff who question his actions. They also claimed that, he employed several of his cronies, including two girlfriends rewarding them with undeserving promotions.
The damning petition captioned “Urgent issues threatening the existence of BOST and staff” dated March 19, 2019 mentioned the names of the two alleged girlfriends as; Precious Aboagyewaa Atakora Bonsra and Frema Nyanor.
Aboagyewaa, was said to have been appointed as a mere officer, but became Manager within two months, while Frema, is alleged to have been upgraded higher than usual and has been moved from three different departments within these few months at the instruction of the MD, as and when the lady objected to where she was.
“This clearly means she has no grounding in any particular department but surprisingly been scheduled for training next week while old staff do not enjoy same.”
Less than six months into her appointment at BOST, Precious, has already travelled twice and is expected to embark on more, while those who have worked many years and are entitled to these travels are being denied. The workers decried that funds of BOST cannot be used to sponsor girlfriends of the MD.
“Allegedly, all people he is abnormally promoting are in the grape vine that, he is dating but BOST funds cannot be used for such adventure. Most promotions and travels also go to only those he has recently employed and some allies from the political divide, amidst other issues that cannot be mentioned in this write up”.
Per the tradition of the company, each staff at a point is supposed to go for a week’s training or seminar, but according to them since his appointment, the MD, has gleefully favoured his men and alleged girlfriends, who are not even six months in the company and are on probation.
It is not clear, where the MD draws his powers from because already, he has served notice that he is untouchable and that no one in the government or at the seat of government, can oust him, the workers claimed.
The petition also accused him, of unilaterally signing the remainder of a staff housing scheme seed money totaling GHc3, 000, 000.00 to a company for estate development without the board’s approval and or staff engagement.
They went on to say that from nowhere, the MD allegedly appointed one Azumah Felix as manager for fuel trading and then Enoch Boakye, one of his cronies, have all enjoyed these trips at the expense of well deserving staff.
“The people he brought in have been traveling more than twice. A typical example is his close boy from Nungua called Enoch Boakye, who has traveled for about three (3) times.
His last trip, which was last week, was even approved directly by the MD before it got to his immediate boss which is supposed to be the other way round.
Mr Mensah Okley agreed with Human Resource (HR) that all training would be a week period, but this Enoch guy’s own got two weeks approved direct from MD”.
The petition said, Felix has allegedly been on a trip (last week’s IP WEEK) and is about to go on another in Rotterdam and London in two weeks all in the quest to fill his favorite’s pocket with dollars. “Yet, we say we don’t have money and salaries are being paid from borrowed money”.
According to the workers, in line with the MD’s quest to satisfy his allies and cronies with travels, one Rev Kwasi Sekyi Appiah, who is due for retirement in two months, embarked on training in Canada and the questioned they asked themselves was “What impact will he bring to BOST”?
The workers further accused chairman of BOST audit committee of compromising his position of being in the pocket of the MD, instead of playing his role as the eye for the board per cooperate governance practices.
Mr Ernest Abasaah, is alleged to have compromised his work by begging for money from Mr Okley and also used company vehicles after he was giving GHc40, 000.00 to repair his personal car.
“The disturbing issue is the most recent occurrences when MD gave him 20, 000.00 Euros for a foreign trip the purpose of which is unknown”.
Mr Okley, according to the petition keeps threatening staff at meetings that he is unforgiving and so no one should dare play and has subsequently threatened staff he suspects have link to members of government at the Jubilee House.
Union and General Managers (GMs) have not been spared either. His frequent threats, have raised suspicion about the recent robbery attacks on the GM, HR, and Admin.
The petitioners, who failed to sign the document, said Union and general staff, have kept quiet because, when they speak to a board member, the staff member’s name is mentioned to the MD and the person is subsequently victimized.
More to come!