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Business News of Saturday, 31 July 2021

Source: GNA

Lack of fuel at BOST depots render tanker drivers jobless for months

The union at BOST has asked government to intervene in the situation The union at BOST has asked government to intervene in the situation

The Ghana National Petroleum Tanker Drivers Union has appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to intervene in the operations of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) as its operations have teken a nosedive.

They argued that for close to a year now, the majority of the Tanker Drivers have been rendered jobless due to lack of fuel stock at the BOST Depots as they could barely load to destinations.

“The executives of the above-mentioned union have recently been inundated with calls and complaints from the (BOST) by our drivers transporting petroleum products across the country and this role contributes immensely to the overall economic growth of the country.”

In a petition signed by Mr George Nyaunu, National Chairman of the Union to the President through Nana Asante Bediatuo, Executive Secretary, and copied to the Minister of Energy, the Executive members said they had tried to resolve problems regarding operations at BOST by meeting management and other stakeholders in the industry.

“However the painful truth is that majority of our members have been rendered jobless for almost between seven months to one year now due to the downward trends of BOST’s operations as it is depots.

He said as stakeholders, they are aware that BOST had not been able to stock fuel at its depot ‘due to the inability of management to make economically viable, reasonable and sustainable financial arrangements to procure products for operations.’

The Union appealing to the President to intervene and solve the current management problem at BOST said; “It is mainly due to the fact that the current leadership is not living up to the expectation of our members and by extension to the nation at large.”

Confirming in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Saturday, Mr. Nyaunu said the lack of stock at the BOST depot is fast becoming a problem as most Drivers are struggling to survive.

“Right now things are hard and how do you expect our members to feed their families if they have to sit at home for about a year? We are very sure the President will intervene for the survival of BOST and the Drivers as well.