|Audio Attachment:Former MD of TOR, Dr. K. K. Sarpong,describes Hon Alfred Agbesi as lacking undeerstanding on the operations of TOR, and claims the NDC MP is playing to the gallery and whipping up public sentiments against him.|
The former Managing Director of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), Dr. K. K. Sarpong, has descended heavily on the NDC Member of Parliament for Ashiaman, Hon. Alfred Agbesi, describing him as shallow-minded and someone who lacks the aptitude to address issues on TOR.
Speaking on “Kokrokoo”, PEACEFM’s flagship programme in an exclusive interview with Kwami Sefa-Kayi, the former MD of TOR expressed his disappointment at the spurious allegations leveled against him by the MP who accused him of “inefficiency and inaction.”
“I am surprised that Hon. Alfred Agbesi, who is a lawyer and an MP, would make those remarks…I wonder where he attended his law school; whether the Ghana School of Law or Ashaiman Law school, because if he had attended a proper law school, he would not be doing this. He has not been categorical on what I have exactly done. If a company makes loses, does it mean the MD looted the money?” he angrily asked.
The “Ghanaian Times” newspaper, today, 29th October, reported that the Member of Parliament for Ashiaman, Alfred K. Agbesi, has called for the arrest and prosecution of the former Managing Director of Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), Dr. K.K. Sarpong.
"Dr. Sarpong caused the company to run down, so he must be called immediately to account for his stewardship,” Mr. Agbesi told the Times newspaper in the interview.
Mr. Agbesi, who is also a Board Member of TOR, added in the Times interview that recent calls for the resignation of the Energy Minister, his deputy and the acting Managing Director of the refinery were unfair since the non function of TOR was not their making. According to him, the problems of TOR must be blamed on the inefficiency of the former government and, particularly, the inaction of the former Managing Director, Dr. Sarpong.
But a clearly livid Dr. Sarpong says the Ashiaman MP is deficient in identifying with the basic rudiments of administration, and described the NDC MP as “someone who lacks understanding of the operations of TOR and needs a bit of education there.”
The former TOR boss alluded to the Global Economic meltdown that folded up the operations of some multinational companies and corporations, such as Chrysler, General Motors, Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC, as some of the challenging circumstances under which TOR operated.
“…all these companies had crisis, so it tells you that something unusual happened in 2008; therefore there is a need to sit and have a sober reflection on what happened,” he added.
The former MD of TOR who felt that he had given adequate explanations to issues raised by the Government’s Transition Team and also to his successor as contained in his handing over notes, was critical of the negative flak directed at his person by Hon. Alfred Agbesi through the Ghanaian Times.
“I’m sourcing for jobs internationally….but now I feel very embarrassed to even go and stand before students and deliver…if he does not know corporate governance, he should go to GIMPA, they give fundamental courses there or State Enterprises Commission, he will learn about corporate governance…time will tell…how can I “steal” $437million and deposit it into my private account? Why does he not name the private account I deposited the money in? Why doesn’t he also indicate where I looted the money from…he is talking about a “through-put” fee account, there is nothing like that in TOR, maybe they established it after I left TOR… Is he talking about the fee being paid to FBM? It does not belong to us, but rather to Transfegural…,” he fumed.
According to him, in international bank transactions, transferring even 10,000 pounds to an account in the UK would educe some form of enquiries, “let alone to talk of $437m…he should spend time and serve his constituency,” he said.
Dr. Sarpong lamented that in spite of his service to the nation, a national daily would go to the extent of vilifying him by playing to the gallery and whipping up public sentiments against him.
“I feel very sad that I’ve given six years of my executive work to TOR, and then the last bit, if problems arise they want to hang me…I work with the Board (TOR)…major policies were developed…in the implementation of the Board’s policies if I erred, that is where you can fault me, but if I implemented what the Board wanted me to do, what is the big deal about it? Then you have to bring the whole Board to come and answer to whatever happened,” he stated.
Seething with rage, Dr. K.K. Sarpong, hanged up but not before he gave his parting shot: “this is the last interview Kwame, with (all due) respect, don’t ever call me and I am not going to grant any more interviews, thank you.”
Source: Alex Offei / peacefmonline
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