General News of Tuesday, 19 December 2017
The Ranking Member of the Mines and Energy Committee of Parliament, Adam Mutawakilu has alleged that equipment of Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) running into several millions of dollars was disposed of as scraps.
Speaking to Citi News, Mr. Mutawakilu said the equipment was sold off despite being in good shape.
“Some equipment they[officials at BOST] added as scrap were not scraps, they were good equipment but because due process was not followed for disposal, things went wrong.”
The Damongo MP has therefore asked the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) and the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) to probe the matter.
“We think that TOR cannot investigate itself. Either or BNI or EOCO should handle this,” Mr. Mutawakilu suggested.
Asked about the cost of the equipment , Mr. Mutawakilu said: “The money was not lodged into an account but it could be in thousands or millions.”
The MP could also not confirm whom the equipment was sold to, saying “we do not know the individual but as far as we are concerned, they were sold.”
BOST contaminated fuel saga
Mr. Mutawakilu’s revelation comes on the back of the recent fuel contamination saga that hit BOST.
BOST took centre stage in the media in July 2017, after it emerged that it had sold 5 million litres of contaminated fuel to two unlicensed companies, Movepiina and Zup Oil, which were allegedly set up a few days before the sale, causing Ghana to lose about GHc 7 million in revenue.
The Energy Ministry subsequently cleared BOST of any wrongdoing but the minority said they suspect it was an attempt to cover up the alleged rot and set up an eight-member committee to investigate the issue.
Whereas the Minority called for the appointment termination of the current Managing Director of BOST, Alfred Obeng Boateng, the Majority demanded a full-scale investigation into the matter beginning from the era of the former BOST boss, Kingsley Kwame Awuah-Darko.
Some individuals including the Director of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe also asked President Nana Addo to initiate fresh investigations into the scandal.