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04 July 2017

Ministerial C’ttee can’t probe BOST MD after BNI, National Security clearance – Energy Minister

The Minister for Energy, Boakye Agyarko, says once the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) and the National Security have already investigated and cleared the Managing Director of BOST, Alfred Obeng Boateng, of alleged wronging in the sale of 5 million litres of contaminated oil, the ministerial committee set up by his outfit to probe the matter can’t do such anymore.

Instead, the committee has been assigned a different task.

The eight-member ministerial committee was set up by the Minister for Energy to investigate the 5 million litres of contaminated oil sold to Movenpiina Company Limited.

This follows reports that the 5 million litres of contaminated oil disposed by BOST has found its way onto the market.

The terms of reference of the Ministerial Committee include but not limited to; determine the circumstances that created the off-spec product; review the procedures undertaken by BOST to evacuate the product; ascertain the quality and remaining quantity of the product; determine if the product can be corrected if not determine an alternative use of the product; and review the transaction.

The committee is made up of representatives of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Tema oil Refinery (TOR), Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), Chamber of Bulk oil Distributors, Association of Oil Marketing Companies, Energy Commission and a representative from a relevant civil society organization.

The committee was expected to advise the Ministry on the necessary technical, administrative and legal actions to be taken.

But before the committee will bring its work to a close, the BNI and the National Security have both cleared the Managing Director of BOST, Alfred Obeng Boateng, of any wrongdoing in the sale of the contaminated oil.

Mr. Boakye Agyarko interacting with journalists over the BNI and the National Security report at a press conference in Accra, Tuesday, said his outfit is extremely concerned about the fact that year in year out, the country is faced with the contamination of huge volumes of oil products through preventable accidents.

To this effect, he said the Ministerial Committee that was set up to probe alleged wrongdoing in the sale of the contaminated oil by BOST has now been tasked to review the entire operations of BOST.

“Such a review is also to come up with any further recommendations that may be required to prevent any future occurrences,” he noted.

The review, according to Mr. Agyarko, is to be led Dr. Lawrence Dankwa, Head of Chemical Engineering Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and is expected to be completed within two weeks.

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