- The BNI cleared the current BOST MD of any malpractice following their preliminary findings
- IMANI Ghana has described the BNI's reports as 'delinquent' and 'juvenile'
- They have demanded the president to launch new investigations into the saga
IMANI Ghana, the policy think thank has expressed disappointment in the result of the preliminary investigations into the sale of contaminated fuel by the Bulk Oil Storage and Transport Limited.
In a statement by the founder of the institution, Franklin Cudjoe, he could not fathom how a committee that was set up by the Ministry of Energy could have its goals derailed by a report from the Bureau of National Investigation.
According to the IMANI founder, the BNI's findings were at best, 'juvenile and delinquent.'
The think tank's statement follows the declaration by the Energy Ministry, upon advice from the BNI, to cease all investigations into the BOST saga, and its current director, Alfred Obeng Boateng.
According to their reports, Mr. Obeng Boateng could not be held responsible for the incident of the contaminated fuel, as he assumed office on January 23, 2017 while the transaction involving the fuel was conducted on January 18.
IMANI further stated that the debacle which is a 'bastardization of state institutions by politicians', can be resolved if the president launches new investigations into the mater.
Below is their full statement:
IMANI’s Statement of Support for Fresh Enquiry into the Fuel Fraud Saga
Sadly, there are inconsistencies in the accounts of the energy ministry, the National Petroleum Authority and the state owned bulk oil storage company, BOST, over the fuel fraud saga. The attached open letter addressed to the President and also sent to me anonymously, gives some rather damning reasons for chain of errors.
What is clear from the varied accounts we have so far is that; The regulator, the NPA, was kept in the dark about the shady deal until very very late in the day so its account for the most part, unfortunately does not count.
Close to 300,000 litres of deliberately contaminated fuel had been released onto the market and all relevant authorities in the trade are aware of it. That the companies involved have no licenses and mandate to operate in the trade, illegal trade actually.
This whole saga is the clearest example yet of bastardisation of our institutions by politicians. How a supposedly competent committee set up by the energy ministry got railroaded and trumped over by the BNI baffles all observers of our democracy. At worse, were the BNI justified to intervene, their conclusions are at best juvenile and delinquent.
This whole mockery of governance can be made clean again by a singular act of the President- fresh inquiry into the activities of BOST in the last 8 years and all persons liable for fuel fraud be held accountable. But we want immediate answers to the present fraud. It is simply early in the day for a new government with boundless optimism.
Respectfully yours, Franklin Cudjoe Founding President & CEO, IMANI
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