Energy Minister, John Peter Amewu, has served notice to all Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of state institutions under his ministry that he would not hesitate to sack them, if they fail to listen to him.
Mr Amewu, issued the warning after CEOs of the Volta River Authority (VRA), Ghana National Gas Company (Ghana Gas), and the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), failed to show up for a scheduled visit to the Aboadze Terminal Plant, even though they had been informed ahead of time.
The Minister, could not understand why, the CEOs, asked their respective heads of department to represent them, instead of being there themselves.
He wondered what could be more important than taking a decision to prevent government from losing US$40million every month if the Karpower plant at Tema is not relocated to Aboadze, for which reason he convened the meeting to deliberate over it.
“These CEOs in this country, it is time something is done seriously about them, and for me, I am not going to sit down and work with Chief Executives that will not be prepared to listen to me. Before I am gone, a Chief Executive will go; I am not going to entertain that,” he told the gathering at the programme in the Western Region.
The Energy Minister’s tour also took him to the Tema-Takoradi Interconnection Project which birthed a regulatory and metering station and the Aboadze Power Enclave.
He also visited the Ameri Power Plant which is being run by Metka. His last stop was at the Western Naval base in Sekondi where the facility will finally be stationed.
He has claimed that Ghana will lose US$40million every month if the country fails to relocate the current station of the Karpower Plant from Tema to the Aboadze Power Enclave in the Western Region.
The 470-megawatt capacity Karpower ship, was meant to augment the country’s energy supply. It is, however, being under-utilised.
“If you refuse, for instance, to relocate Karpower as quickly as possible, this government will be losing US $40million every single month,” Mr. Amewu told the media in Western Region during a tour of some energy facilities.
The relocation will also ensure availability and access to cheaper fuel supply to the plant to ensure continuous power supply.