Ghana Oil Company in trouble with more than US$15 million suit

Prestige Ties Protection Limited has sued the Ghana Oil Company (GOC) for damages over an eight-year period to the tune of US$15,000,000 million.

The above seeks a declaration by the High Court in the proposed statement of claim made by Prestige Links Protection Limited (hereinafter as Plaintiff) against Ghana Oil Company (Defendant) that the defendant violated a duty of care by negligently providing the defendant with care premix fuel to his VW Golf 6 car, and thus the court should award costs of US$15,000,000.00 accruing over the eight-year span for special damages, including the expense of attorney fees.

A history to the suit shows that at around 10 AM on 22 September 2012, the Plaintiff’s Managing Director (MD) driving the
VW Golf 6 drove to the Defendant’s service station at Baatsona on the Spintex Road to buy Super petrol worth GH 100.00.

According to him, he saw thick smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe of his vehicle shortly after he had been served and driven out of the station, and he
immediately rushed into a mechanical shop for the vehicle to be inspected only to find out that he was served with pre-mix fuel instead of the super petrol he had ordered.

With some of the premix fuel taken from the tank of his vehicle, the Plaintiff returned to the fuel station, but the station manager denied that his station was responsible for the issue and further stopped Plaintiff’s MD from purchasing some of the fuel in a gallon he held as evidence that a pre-mix fuel was serving instead of super petrol.

However, following the intervention of a certain Alhaji Amadu Seidu and Mrs. Rosemond Awotwe Frimpong, the defendant’s Merchandise Manager, in addition to paying compensation, the station manager agreed to repair the vehicle of the plaintiff in order to keep the defendant’s reputation intact.

The Plaintiff contends that the defendant delivered the affected vehicle to Universal Motors Limited for repairs on 27 September 2012 and showed the receipts for the vehicle parts that had been procured for repairs to be done within a few weeks.

He stated that when the vehicle was repaired and delivered to him on 19 February 2013, he discovered on a test drive that the vehicle was still smoking heavily and that it did not accelerate as before, thereby causing the vehicle to be returned.

On 25 February 2013, in connection with the damage to his car, the Plaintiff caused his lawyers to write to the Defendant, but did not receive any reply from the Defendant until 13 May 2013.

The Plaintiff contends that the defendant delivered the affected vehicle to Universal Motors Limited for repairs on 27 September 2012 and showed the receipts for the vehicle parts that had been procured for repairs to be done within a few weeks.

He claimed that when the vehicle was repaired and delivered to him on 19 February 2013, he noticed on test drive that the vehicle was still smoking heavily and that it did not accelerate as before, causing the vehicle to be returned.

On 25 February 2013, in connection with the damage to his car, the Plaintiff caused his lawyers to write to the Defendant, but did not receive any reply from the Defendant until 13 May 2013.

The Plaintiff noted that he had suffered a great deal of inconvenience and expense due to the damage done to the car as he had to rent a vehicle at a cost of $200.00 a day since 22 September 2012 for the day-to-day operation of the business activities of the Plaintiff.

He also denies that his other companies for which he uses the car have been severely affected, including Bestlink Ventures Ltd, which he uses for his real estate company, as well as Lucsmani Company Ltd, which he uses for services for all his international oil deals, due to his failure to repair the vehicle since 2012 and having lost the use of the car.

In all, the Plaintiff’s breakdown of the special damages sought involves loss of planned business with Bestlink Ventures Ltd with International Investors who wanted to invest an estimated US$5,000,000.00 in his real estate firm and Marigold Oil International Ltd, Curtsy Oil International and Lucsmani Co., and ultimately, the loss of international oil deals estimate Ltd at not less than US$10,000,000.00.

Source: Julian Owusu-Abedi, Contributor

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