General Secretary of the General Transport Petroleum and Chemical Workers Union Alhaji Fuseini Iddrissu has charged state authorities to take robust measures to sanction individuals involved in the illegal exportation of fuel outside the country.
According to him the jobs of over four thousand workers will be saved are if these sanctions are followed through. If listeners may recall both Bulk Oil Distribution Companies and Oil Marketing Companies have complained that the smuggling of petroleum products has left them with huge losses.
The general secretary however called on government, the National Petroleum Authority, and the Ghana Revenue Authority to ensure immediate arrest and prosecution of all parties found culpable in this criminal activity. He spoke on Radio Univers’ current affairs program, Behind the headlines.
“I think that once labour concerns are reached here, definitely if they don’t have prudent oil and gas management, definitely the train of it would be that workers are going to depend on redundancy. And i think that as a trade union, we are interested in that because its going to affect our members and so that one i think its a call in the right direction that at least whatever will be by the government to curb this so that at the end tail of this, the workers are not affected. I think that would be in the interest of our union. I think that definitely as a union we would be interested in this once its going to affect our membership. And i think that some of these issues would need to actually discuss that through our fractions before we can take any position”, he said.
The Minister of Energy Mr Boakye Agyarko on Friday at a breakfast meeting with stakeholders in the downstream petroleum sector revealed that new measures were being implemented following the dumping of products intended for exports on the local market.