The Corporate Communications Director for Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) has denied claims that 5 million litres of contaminated fuel have been sold.
Malik Adjei who was speaking on Joy FM’s Top Story Monday, indicated that contrary to the claim, 4.5 million litres out of the said contaminated fuel has now been refined into petrol and diesel and will soon be on the market.
He clarified that about 471,000 litres went to Zup Oil whereas some 862, 000 litres were sold to Movenpina, however, a substantial portion of the commodity has been reprocessed.
“It is not true that 5 million litres which got contaminated at BOST have been sold, 4.5 million litres out of the 5 million litres has been sent to TOR [Tema Oil Refinery] for reprocessing.
“And as we speak today we have a substantial portion of the product still sitting in the tank having been reprocessed into diesel and petrol available to be sold as fresh products on the market,” he said.
His comments follow allegations made by the opposition National Democratic Congress that, some officials of the Akufo-Addo administration have embezzled funds related to the contamination of oil which occurred in 2017.
The party, led by its National Communications Director, Sammy Gyamfi today launched the Corruption Tracker Series. An initiative aimed to expose all the corrupt dealings of the incumbent administration that has been deliberately ignored by the ruling government.
Starting with the BOST gate scandal, Mr Gyamfi highlighted that culprits are yet to be prosecuted and the proceeds of the transaction have not been refunded into the state coffers.
That, he said, indicates that “President Akufo-Addo is nibbling and promoting corruption in his government.”
However, Mr Adjei said their allegations were untrue since investigations were subsequently carried out to ensure that the sector was sanitized.
“The committee which was instituted by management of BOST has come out with a report and in this report, specific steps have now been outlined as to how product which got contaminated should be dealt with,” he stressed.
On his part, the Executive director of COPEC, Duncan Amoah said more needs to be done to rid off corruption in the state owned institutions of the country.
He said surcharging companies and individuals who have illegitimately acquired funds from BOST would be part of the first steps in sanitising the system.
“This is not fair, because there are people at BOST who have worked for 19 to 20 years earning a normal salary, working sometimes from Monday-Sunday.
“Then you get political appointees to come in and work for six months or one year they ran everything down and ran with the monies too.”