29 June 2017

We’re solidly behind our MD – BOST workers declare – Starr Fm

Workers of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) have thrown their weight behind their embattled Managing Director, Alfred Obeng Boateng, following calls on him to step aside over the sale of contaminated fuel.

The Minority in Parliament has on several occasions called for the immediate interdiction of the Managing Director of BOST over the sale of 5 million litres of contaminated fuel to some unlicensed companies.

The minority had argued that the transaction between BOST and the unlicensed companies – Movenpiina and Zup Oil – is fraught with irregularities and possible corruption to the tune of 14.25 million cedis.

An eight member board chaired by the Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko has been set up to probe the brouhaha over the contaminated fuel.

But clad in red arm bands, workers of the company in a show of support for their MD today stated that allegations against Mr. Obeng are a deliberate attempt to tarnish his image and distract him from ongoing probe into shady deals undertaken by the previous administration of BOST.

Secretary to the unionized staff of BOST Newton Amo who addressed journalists said BOST had sold contaminated fuel several times in the past without any brouhaha.

“We wish to state that the sale of off-spec fuel is not new to the operations of BOST…this dates back to 2014, 2015 and 2016 but in all situations we saw nothing untoward. The same process were followed just like in this particular one which we believe has been blown out of proportion.

“We, the unionized workers are solidly behind the MD because we believe that the agreed selling ie 1.30 pesewas is very competitive.

“We believe that this misinformation is a deliberate attempt to destroy the integrity of the MD and most importantly stop the MD from going ahead with ongoing probes in the numerous malfeasance in previous contracts,” Mr. Amo added.

The workers further demanded the reconstitution of the eight-member committee set up by the energy ministry to probe the issue.


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