President Nana Akufo-Addo has said that the nine-member committee implemented by the Ministry of Energy to investigate off-spec oil sale by the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) will ensure that contamination of fuel is curtailed.
“Amongst others, the committee is tasked with making recommendations to ensure that we put the era of contamination and off-spec products behind us by tackling issues such as integrity of pipeline infrastructure, improving pipeline operations and maintenance, continuous training and skills upgrade of pipeline operators, and implementing improved standards of operation procedures through evacuation and disposal of products under the direct supervision of the NPA,” he said.
He made this comment while addressing journalists at the Flagstaff House on Tuesday 18 July vis-à-vis his first six months in office.
It will be recalled that BOST was accused of releasing onto the Ghanaian market contaminated fuel, a development which many fear will damage engines of vehicles and other equipment that operate on fuel.
Accordingly, the Minority in Parliament demanded the “immediate interdiction” of the Managing Director of BOST, Alfred Obeng Boateng, over a “bizarre” and “dubious” contract awarded to Movenpiina Company Limited to distribute the five million litres of contaminated oil onto the market.
The Minority had demanded the “immediate withdrawal of the contaminated product from the market to protect consumers and assurances that this will not recur”.
The Minority also said the financial loss as a result of the sale is estimated at GHS14.25million and must be retrieved by “surcharging the offending officials at BOST in line with the recent Supreme Court decision”.