General News of Thursday, 20 September 2018
The Minority NDC in parliament has called on the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), to fast-track investigations into the transfer of some GH¢40 million from the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST), to the presidency, through an account allegedly run by the former Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah.
According to the Minority, there was nothing wrong with the transfer which occurred between August 2015 and early January 2017, and that they know for sure that EOCO will vindicate John Mahama.
A group calling itself the Center for National Affairs petitioned the Special Prosecutor to probe former President John Dramani Mahama and Julius Debrah over the matter.
The group say, “letters covering the transfer suggests the transfer of funds is in respect of monies accrued from the security fees taken from Bulk Oil Distribution Companies (BDCs) invoices to effect payment on cost of petroleum products supplied by GOIL.”
The group feels the account is unlawful “as there is no statutory approval with regards to the said account in the public domain,” the group argued, adding that “the reasons for payment from BOST to be made into the said account and the nature and manner by which these monies were used are not known to the public.”
Special Prosecutor, Mr. Martin Amidu has since declined to probe the matter because it is being handled by another state institution.
Addressing the media on Wednesday, Minority Spokesperson on Mines and Energy, Adam Mutawakilu, said the truth will surely come out.
“There is nothing like wrongdoing or someone has embezzled money, no. It is a public account and there are records to trace if not, all records would have been destroyed. So in the spirit of good governance and transparency, you follow to the logical conclusion. So I don’t see the reason why it is being made as if the Chief of Staff put the money in his personal account.”
“It is an official account, official exchange letters took place, put in a file, another government comes, EOCO is investigating it. I think EOCO should fast track it to come out with the truth because there is nothing hidden.”
Mutawakilu said he believes such allegations are coming up because the government intends to cover up alleged rot at BOST.
“I also believe that it is because of the two scandals that have hit BOST that they want to cover up their claims… President Nana Akufo-Addo must answer where the contaminated fuel went to,” he said.
‘Nothing wrong with GH¢40m BOST cash transferred under Mahama’ – Bawa
National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Bongo Constituency, Edward Bawa, has defended the transfer of some GH¢40 million from the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST), to the presidency between August 2015 and early January 2017.
Mr. Bawa, a former Communications Consultant at the Energy Ministry, admitted that the transfers occurred but was done legally to settle fuel fees for the military and other security agencies.
Over 600,000 litres of BOST’s contaminated fuel ‘evaporates’
The latest report about the company is the disappearance of about 600,000 litres of its contaminated fuel.
A five-member committee set up by the current Managing Director of BOST, George Mensah Oakley to take stock of five million litres of the off-spec product noticed the disappearance.
Edward Bawa petitions CHRAJ over BOST’s $3m payment to Springfield
Few weeks ago, NDC Member of Parliament for Bongo Constituency, Edward Bawa, petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), to investigate what he calls the unlawful payment of some $3 million to Springfield Energy by top managers of the Bulk Oil Storage Transportation (BOST).
The MP had accused Managing Director of BOST, George Mensah Okley and his deputy, John Kojo Ankoful, of making the payment against the advice of BOST’s external lawyers.