Hon Edward Abambire Bawa, Member of Parliament (MP) for Bongo, has called on parliament to as a matter of urgency institute a bipartisan parliamentary committee to investigations into circumstances that led to the diversion of over 200 trucks of premix fuel meant for fisher folks to other places in the country.
According to him, the development in the fishery sector is very worrying, particularly as fishermen are not only denied the subsidised product which is critical to their operations, but also has the potential to damage the engines of vehicles.
In a statement issued and copied to THE REPUBLIC, Mr Bawa said, “it has come to my notice and indeed the notice of most Ghanaians that about 200 trucks of premix fuel meant to power fishing boards in out coastal areas have been diverted to our pump stations and sold to unsuspecting motorists.”
“I am therefore calling on Parliament to as a matter of urgency set up a bipartisan committee to investigate this development as the executive led by H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo has demonstrated their unwillingness to tackle the problem for reasons best known to them,” he added.
While calling on parliament for a bipartisan investigation, Mr Bawa also demanded for resignation of Mrs Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, Minister for Fisheries on grounds that apart from the Chairman for the premix committee, the alleged brains behind the scandal been appointed under her authority, the Chairman happened to also be her brother.
“It is indeed an off spec petroleum product for our pumps. What is more worrying is that, the chairman of the National Premix committee, who is a brother of the Minister for Fisheries (the appointing authority) is being alleged to be behind this scandal. If this is true, the Minister must, as a matter public morality and good governance resign” the Bongo MP stated.
He further attributed the development in the premix fuel on the shoulders of the Minister for Energy, for his refusal to make public, the report of the Dr. LAWRENCE Darkua’s committee that supposedly investigated the earlier scandal at BOST.
The Bong MP added that, “This was a scandal where five million litres of off spec petroleum products were sold to an unlicensed company without going through the necessary procurement processes.”
“In essence that process had all the marks of corruption written all over it. What is more disturbing is that, the Minister for Energy on November 23, 2017, in a response to a parliamentary question posed by me, told parliament that, as a measure to ensuring that off spec petroleum products do not get to our pump stations, NPA was using tracking devices on BRV and a marking scheme to monitor the movements of all petroleum products,” he said.
Mr Bawa stated that, the recent development proved that the Minister was not been candid with Ghanaians on grounds that as at the time the Minister was making the statement in parliament, an agency under his supervision knew that an off spec product, in the form of premix fuel, was being sold at pump stations across the country.
With such smelly scandals going on in the fisheries sector, the lawmaker said, indicated that the Minister could no longer be trusted to protect consumers of petroleum products in the country.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Felix Engsalige Nyaaba