The Managing Director of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), Jerry Kofi Hinson, has stepped down from his position due to health reasons. Hinson submitted his resignation letter on Friday, August 11, addressing it to the President of the Republic and also forwarding copies to TOR’s board of directors and the Minister for Energy.
Having previously served as an executive director overseeing oil and gas operations at Minecom, Hinson assumed the role of managing director at Tema Oil Refinery in March 2022. His tenure marked the fourth time a managing director had been appointed to TOR during President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo’s administration. He succeeded Francis Boateng and Ato Morrison, who were both removed from their positions in June 2021.
Before Hinson’s appointment in March 2022, the Minister of Energy, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, had formed a three-member interim management committee for TOR. This committee was tasked with guiding the refinery’s activities following the removal of the previous managing director and deputy.
Hinson conveyed his sentiments regarding his resignation: “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the Managing Director of Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) over the past 18 months. Collaborating with the Board of Directors and Management, we embarked on the challenging mission of identifying a suitable partner for TOR to rejuvenate its operations in a sustainable and profitable manner.”
He elaborated further, explaining the circumstances leading to his departure: “Though the process has been lengthy and demanding, it culminated in the selection of a potential partner who now needs to progress through various approval stages. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen health issues, I am unable to continue fulfilling my role as Managing Director.” Jerry Kofi Hinson’s resignation letter, dated August 11, 2023, conveyed these sentiments.