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01 July 2017

I haven’t resigned – BOST MD

The Managing Director of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) Alfred Obeng Boateng has dismissed reports that he has resigned.

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

Members of the minority in Parliament had called on him to step aside or be interdicted for investigations to be conducted following an eight-member committee set up by the Energy Minister, Mr. Boakye Agyarko.

On Friday, reports were rife that Mr. Obeng Boateng had tendered in his resignation letter to the President.

But Mr. Obeng Boateng has confirmed to Starr News’ Ibrahim Alhassan that claims of his resignation are false adding that he is still at post.

“I’ve not resigned, I’m still at post. A statement to counter the one in circulation [that] I’ve resigned is currently being worked on,” Mr. Obeng Boateng stated.

The majority in Parliament on Friday described calls for Mr. Obeng’s resignation as misplaced.

At a press conference Friday June 30, 2017, addressed by Emmanuel Gyamfi, acting chairman for the Energy Committee of Parliament, the Majority dismissed the interdiction call by the Minority as unwarranted.

He said the 5 million litres contaminated fuel was detected January 18, 2017, some 11 days after swearing in of President Akufo-Addo and that Mr Boateng was not in office then.

Per investigations by BOST management before Mr. Boateng took over, it was established that the contamination of the fuel was a human error and that four staff who were in charge of operations then were interdicted, said Mr. Gyamfi.

Hence, Mr. Boateng cannot be faulted for the contaminated oil saga, he added.

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