Another scandal has rocked the Nana Akufo-Addo-led Government of Ghana following the discovery that about 5million litres of fuel supplied to the government-owned, Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) has been sold to some illegal companies while some of the products may have found their way into the open market.
The matter which caused a lot of panic in Ghana, has now seen the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Members of Parliament calling for the BOST boss, Alfred Obeng to step aside and a probe panel set up.
According to the opposition, the deal was a carefully planned corruption scheme that will lead to losses of over 14.3m Ghana Cedis and danger to the populace.
They alleged that usually when there is a contamination, the goods are returned to the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR).
The former deputy Energy Minister,Mr. John Jinapo questioned why BOST did not allow TOR to treat the contaminated fuel but rather sold it Movenpiina.
That was not all, even if it decided to sell it, was it by Open Tender?Since it decided to sell it by Sole Sourcing, why was it sold to Movenpiina?
The opposition allege that Movenpiina had put up a bid before it was officially licenced as a company to transact business. Adding that phone number used to register the company was the same as the former office of the BOST boss before he got his present appointment. They added that the person fronting as Movenpiina owner was a known business associate of the BOST boss.
Also, while it bought the product a GHC1, Movenpiina sold some to Zuboil at GHS 3.8ps per litre.Thus, causing financial losses to the state.
In addition, it discovered that Zuboil which got two million litres of the product was not registered by the National Petroluem Authority (NPA) to engage in such business.
According to Myjoyonline, Operations Manager of ZupOil, Roland Ayipa told Evans Mensah on Joy FM’s Top Story, that the company had taken delivery of 471,000 litres at the time of the report and was expecting the rest of the consignment.
Following the public outcry over the fuel deal,an eight-member investigative Committee has been set up by the Energy Ministry to unravel the whole matter
The committee is made up of representatives of the country’s National Petroleum Authority (NPA), the Tema oil Refinery (TOR), the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) and the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).
The rest are the Chamber of Bulk oil Distributors, Association of Oil Marketing Companies, the Energy Commission and a representative from the relevant Civil Society Organizations.
A statement signed by Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko spelt out the Terms of Reference as including but not limited to the following; 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 the alternative use for the product and review the transaction.
The committee, among others is expected to advise the Energy Ministry on the necessary technical, administrative and legal actions to be taken.
The committee has 30 days within which to complete work and submit its report to the ministry for the necessary remedial action to be taken by the Ghanaian government.