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Energy Ministry to set-up committee to probe BOST

By
Iddi Yire, GNA

Ada, (GAR), June 28,
GNA – The Ministry of Energy is in the process of setting up an eight-member
investigative committee to look into the issue of the release of five million
litres of off-sec fuel from the Accra Plains Depot of the Bulk Oil Storage and
Transport Company (BOST).

Mr Boakye Agyarko, the
Minister of Energy, said the Ministry’s attention had been drawn to the various
media reports on the issue of the release of five million litres of off-sec
fuel from the Accra Plains Depot of BOST.

“We have also
received a report of the preliminary investigations conducted by the National
Petroleum Authority on the issues.

“We wish to
assure the public, that the Ministry is determined to ensure that the integrity
of the quality of petroleum products supplied in the country is protected,” Mr
Boakye Agyarko stated on Wednesday at an ongoing three-day Mid-year Performance
Review Workshop of the Ministry at Ada.

“In view of this,
the Ministry is in the process of setting up an eight-member investigative
committee into the matter,” he added.

The terms of reference
of the Ministerial Committee would include but not be limited to the following;
determine the circumstances that created the off-sec product and to review the
procedures undertaken by BOST to evaluate the product.

The rest are ascertain
the quality and remaining quantity of the product, to determine if the product
could be corrected, if not determine the alternative use for the product and
review the transaction.

The composition of the
eight-member ministerial investigative committee shall include representatives
of the National Petroleum Authority, Tema Oil Refinery, Ghana Standards
Authority and the Bureau of National Investigation.

Others are the Chamber
Of Bulk Oil Distributors, Association of Oil Marketing Companies, Energy
Commission and representative from the relevant civil society organisations.

The committee, which
would have a month to submit its report, would also advise the Ministry on the
necessary technical, administrative and legal actions to be taken.

The Minister said the
Committee would decide on whether the Acting Managing Director of BOST should
step aside or not.

GNA

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