Minority Raises Red Flag      

…Over BOST MD’s exoneration

The Minority in Parliament has accused the government and the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) of engaging in what they described as a “gargantuan cover-up” regarding the decision of Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) and the National Security to clear Alfred Obeng Boateng, MD of BOST of any wrongdoing in the sale of contaminated fuel.

Information out from the government has indicated that, the twin investigation security bodies have cleared Mr. Alfred Obeng Boateng, MD of BOST, of any underhand dealing in the sale of the 5 million litres of contaminated fuel to Movenpiina.

But the Minority averred that BNI’s position amounts to a gargantuan cover-up on a matter which is “fraudulent.”

“We are being told that the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI is acting in a manner that we don’t only smell but we can sense a cover-up in respect of the matter of the selling of the contaminated oil by BOST which matter borders on fraud, corruption and abuse of office,” Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu told the parliamentary press yesterday.

According to the Minority Leader, the BNI’s action “can only be sowing the seeds of corruption and therefore preventing sunshine on a matter that is of public interest.”

Mr. Iddrissu noted that, the most convincing way the security agency could tell the good people of Ghana that their work was without a cover-up, is to make public the full details of its investigations.

Nonetheless, the Energy Ministry at a press conference in Accra yesterday,  said the  eight-member committee  set to investigate the matter will  still go ahead to probe the circumstances surrounding the deal.

According to the ministry, there was no cover-up as the Minority in Parliament alleged, assuring it will pursue the case to its logical conclusion.

Mr. Obeng Boateng has come under intense pressure to resign, following the exposé that BOST had sold 5 million litres of contaminated fuel to two unlicensed companies, Zup Oil and Movenpiina Oil.

The Minority in Parliament had earlier last week raised the issue, stating it was the highest of corruption practices ever, and called for the interdiction of the MD, until investigation prove otherwise.

According to the Minority, the circumstances under which the 5million litres of contaminated fuel even sold under bizarre circumstances to a non-licensed company which led to a GHC14.25million financial loss to the state was very worrying.

The Minority’s call followed a similar demand by energy think-tank, Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), in what BOST has described as “human error” that led to the 5 million litres of oil said to have been contaminated being sold to consumers.

In their earlier press briefing, the Minority contended that they were not convinced as to the decision to sell the contaminated fuel to Movepiina, which in their view was not only inappropriate but an act of corruption which sought to deny the good people of Ghana some money  as well as cause damage to vehicles.

They do not understand why the contaminated product must be sold at all cost and to a new company, when such contaminated fuel was always given to the Tema Oil Refinery for treatment.

 

Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Felix Engsalige Nyaaba

The Republic News Online

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