Union Oil Ghana Limited has opened a new branch at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). The fuel station is a collaboration between Union Oil and KNUST. It is aimed at making life more comfortable and less stressful for the University community.
Professor William Otoo Ellis said that in most well-planned academic institutions such as KNUST, essential services are provided to staff, students and surrounding communities to make life more comfortable for them.
Prof. Ellis said there used to be a fuel station which was in operation to serve the University community but due to challenges, there was the necessity for a public-private partnership. He cautioned that KNUST was an academic environment with high expectations and he therefore charged Union Oil to abide by all the terms agreed on in the partnership. He expressed management’s appreciation to Union Oil for making the project a success.
Charles Obeng–Mensah, the Managing Director, explained that Union Oil was a young indigenous company among the top ten oil companies in Ghana. In 2014 Union Oil was ranked the fifth largest oil marketing company in Ghana with more than 80 stations throughout the country.
Mr. Obeng–Mensah noted that the project was the first phase and they hoped to start the main phase with more service stations on campus. He appealed to the management of the university to give them the permission to set up a gas filling station on campus to serve the University community. He was hopeful that students from engineering, marketing and other disciplines would make use of the station in their studies.
He assured the university community that in times of scarcity or shortage, the University would never run dry of fuel and that the fuel station would be open 24 hours a day throughout the week.
Reverend Dr. Paul K. Boafo dedicated the fuel station. Mr. Obeng–Mensah assisted by Prof. Ellis and the management of Union Oil cut the tape to officially open the station. The Vice-Chancellor’s vehicle was the first to be filled followed by cars of senior members, staff and finally official vehicles.
Photo Gallery of the Commissioning.