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Coalition calls on President Akufo-Addo to interdict BOST MD

By
Kwamina Tandoh, GNA

Accra, July 4, GNA – The Coalition for Social
Justice (CJS) has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to interdict
Mr Alfred Obeng, the Managing Director (MD) of Bulk Oil Storage and Transport
(BOST) over the contaminated fuel sale scandal.

According to the group, the interdiction would
enable the ministerial committee set up to investigate the recent scandal at
BOST to discharge its duty with utmost sincerity to serve the national
interest.

Mr Samuel Gyamfi, the Conveynor for CJS, at a
press conference on Tuesday,   said; “The
scandal is the biggest organised crime perpetuated against the people of
Ghana.”

“CJS would ensure that the Commission on Human
Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), which is the constitutionally
mandated body with the responsibility of investigating alleged and suspected
corrupt practices by public officers, launches an inquiry into the matter in
line with its duty under Article 218(E) of the 1992 Constitution,” he said.

He also called on the National Petroleum
Authority (NPA) to halt the registration and licensing of the companies
involved in the scandal to enable the committee carry out its investigations.

Explaining why the group wanted the current MD
of BOST to be interdicted, Mr Gyamfi said Mr Obeng’s conduct was a breach of
the law, fraudulent and a conflict of interest, and hence should not be allowed
to stay in office.

He said the NPA had established that
MOVENPIINA ENERGY was not legally licensed to operate in the downstream
petroleum sector of Ghana.

“Our research also revealed that though the
company was incorporated on June 1, it had already expressed its interest to
purchase the contaminated oil on May 19.

“So before its incorporation, the company had
already started hauling fuel from BOST when it had neither been registered as a
business nor licensed by the NPA, hence the sale of five million litres of oil
to an unregistered company was in violation of the laws of the country,” Mr
Gyamfi said.

He said the state of the oil also put the health
of many Ghanaians at risk.

Mr Gyamfi stated that Mr Obeng also breached
the law on conflict of interest by involving himself in the issue at hand.

He said Article 248 of the 1992 Constitution
proscribed public officers from getting involved in state issues but their
checks revealed that the address and telephone numbers on the letterhead of
MOVENPIINA ENERGY could be traced to the residence and office of Mr Alfred
Obeng, which clearly indicated that Mr Obeng had personal interest in the affairs
of the company and called on the President to crack the whip.

Few weeks ago, Ghana was said to have lost
about seven million Ghana Cedis in revenue following attempts by the BOST to
sell contaminated fuel to some oil marketing companies.

BOST had been alleged to have sold five
million litres of contaminated oil to MOVENPIINA ENERGY which in turn sold over
470,000 liters of the contaminated oil to ZUP OIL.

GNA

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