As part of Government’s commitment towards ensuring the viability of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) to make it a leading player on the African continent, the Minister responsible for Energy, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, on Tuesday sworn into office an all men three-member Interim Management Committee (IMC) to take over the Refinery’s management.
The IMC became necessary after the sacking of TOR’s Managing Director, Francis Boateng and his deputy Ato Morrison.
The IMC has Mr. Nobert Cormla-Djamposu Anku as Chairman with Mr. William Ntim Boadu and Mr. Okyere Baffuor Sarpong as members.
Its mandate is to work together with relevant stakeholders to access viable partnerships for the Refinery as any when they are available undertake a human resource audit of the Refinery and undertake a technical audit of the Refinery.
It has a further mandate which when summed up is to make TOR the prized and strategic national asset is ought to be and actually effectively providing quality energy products and services to power Ghana’s economic growth in an environmentally sustainable manner.
Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, speaking at the swearing-in ceremony told workers and management of TOR to open a new chapter in the Refinery’s history and completely bury all past acrimony and animosity that has had an adverse effect on working relationships.
He reminded them of the priceless asset TOR is and the need to work together as a team to get it out of its crippling debts.
Dr. Opoku Prempeh gave an assurance of Governments commitment to making sure TOR becomes as a preeminent refinery and a pride for Ghanaians.
The IMC Chairman, Norbert Cormla-Djamposu Anku served as the Director of the Engineering Department of GRIDCO and was responsible for the establishment of the Engineering functions of GRIDCo, managing the department and providing professional guidance on power system engineering to the Company. He was a member of the Transitional Team that worked on the operationalization of GRIDCo and served as Special Assistant to the Chief Executive of GRIDCo at the time of its establishment.
Before his appointment at GRIDCo, Mr. Anku was the Senior Manager in charge of Design Services at the Engineering Department of the Volta River Authority (2003-2008). He was the Task leader for the determination of performance enhancement strategies for the Takoradi Thermal Power Station, Transmission System Audit and coordinated and managed all pre-contract design and procurement activities for the World Bank funded 330kV West African Power Pool (WAPP) Project.
Mr. Anku has also worked in various capacities at VRA as Manager, Design Services, (1995-2000) Unit Head, Transmission Planning (1992-1995), Substations Field Engineer (1989-1990), Senior Electrical Design and Planning Engineer (1986-1989) and Electrical Design Engineer (1985-1986).
Mr. Anku had a one year Industrial Attachment (1991-1992) with Ontario Hydro, Toronto, Canada in the areas of Power System Planning and Development.
He is a Fellow of the Ghana Institution of Engineers and a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Inc. USA.
He holds a B.Sc. Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (1979-1982) and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, USA, 1999-2000.