Tuesday Briefing: COPEC boss sued over death threat claim, Goldfields 'troubles'

Tuesday Briefing: COPEC boss sued over death threat claim, Goldfields 'troubles'
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Austin Brakopowers | M: Austin.powers@myjoyonline.com | Instagram: @realbrakopowers
Date: 13-03-2018 Time: 07:03:31:pm
BOST boss, Alfred Obeng Boateng

Here are the stories that made the news Tuesday:

1. BOST sues COPEC boss over death threat

The Chief Executive Officer of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) Company is seeking 5 million cedis damages against the head of Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) over allegations of death threats. In a suit filed at an Accra High Court, a copy of which has been intercepted by Myjoyonline.com, Mr Alfred Obeng says the unfounded allegations have damaged his professional reputation. He is, therefore, asking the court to slap a 2 million cedis damages against the defendant for damaging his professional reputation; 2 million cedis for damaging his social reputation and 1 million cedis for the psychological trauma the death threat publication has had on him.

2. Senyo Hosi wades into BOST latest saga 

The Ghana Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors (CBOD) CEO has expressed surprise at a transaction between the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST) and an unlicensed foreign company, BB Energy. Stating the position of the law, Senyo Hosi said any company that wants to deal in petroleum products on Ghana’s shores is required to be duly licensed. He was reacting to the controversial deal in which BOST sold some 942,000 barrels of crude oil to BB Energy at a discount of $2 on each barrel.

3. Group takes on FDA over investigation of bank deaths

The President of Consumer Advocacy Centre (CAC) has described as unacceptable, the delay by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) in making public the results of tests conducted on "poisonous corn flour" from Akakpokope in the Volta Region. Prof Goski Alabi is also not satisfied that more than 10 days after collecting samples of the flour for laboratory examination, the FDA has failed to issue a public alert on "killer food substance" in the village near Sogakope in South Tongu District. At least six persons from two families have been reported dead after they bought the flour from a corn mill operator to prepare popular ‘Akple’ and ‘Banku’ meals with okro soup.  

4. Looming challenges at Goldfields

The local economy in Tarkwa in the Western region risks collapse following the expected laying off of more than 2,000 workers of the Goldfields company, researchers have predicted. Richard Kojo Elimah of the Social Impact Studies said the standard of living in these mining communities could witness a sharp decline because the affected workers are largely the main breadwinners. He said mining communities already have an "exceptionally high" level of unemployment because the mines attract immigrants and job-seekers from neighbouring regions who come hoping for a better life.

5. We need a chief - Sekondi residents cry

Residents in the bustling commercial city of Sekondi in the Western region are unhappy that a 15-year old vacancy for a paramount chief has still not been filled. In communities where respect for traditional authorities has armed chiefs with considerable influence, the residents say the absence of a paramount chief is affecting development. "We want our chief, we want our chief", some women chanted during a protest which involved an entertaining display by a brass band.

6. Tema police invite BOST boss over death threats

The Chief Executive Officer of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) Company has been invited by the Tema Regional Police over allegations he threatened to take the life of the head of Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC). Duncan Amoah claimed to have received threatening messages from Alfred Obeng after he accused the BOST boss of causing financial loss to the state. He has since called for police protection. Tema Police Commander DCOP Asomah Hinneh confirmed to Joy News that the police have begun investigations into the matter.

7. Haruna Iddrisu urges strong action to reverse crisis in mining sector

Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu has lamented recent events in the mining industry, predicting an imminent disaster. He said the sector, which used to be the major employer in the country, has lost its competitiveness to other industries because of the challenges. Speaking in Parliament Tuesday, Mr Iddrisu backed a call for the audit of the mining sector in order to reposition it. Ghana’s mining sector has been in a sharp decline in recent years, a development experts blame on many factors, including labour issues.

8. COPEC claims 'illogical, baseless' - BOST reacts

The Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST) has dismissed as frivolous the claim that it had caused financial loss to the state in the sale of some barrels of crude oil. In a sharp response to the accusation by the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) Monday, BOST said it rather saved the nation some money in the transaction. COPEC boss, Duncan Amoah told Joy News Ghana lost an estimated GHS30million in revenue when 1.8million barrels of crude oil was sold to an “unlicensed company” BB Energy.

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