Energy Minister's decision to clear BOST MD's name was made 'under duress'- NDC MP

Energy Minister's decision to clear BOST MD's name was made 'under duress'- NDC MP

- The BOST MD was cleared of any malpractice by the BNI and National Security Agency

- Their investigations have been criticized by the public as being incomplete and not properly executed

- The MP for Bongo believes some top officials in government influenced the Energy Minister to clear the BOST MD’s name

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Edward Bawa, the Member of Parliament for Bongo, believes the Energy Minister was influenced in his decision to clear the director of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transport Ltd.

Boakye Agyarko freed BOST MD under duress

Boakye Agyarko, Energy Minister

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He opined that some top level officials in the government "guided’’ Boakye Agyarko’s decision to clear Alfred Obeng Boateng of any wrongdoing.

Mr. Bawa, who sits on the Energy Committee in Parliament, argued that during his announcement of the verdict, which cleared the BOST MD, Boakye Agyarko did not sound pleased.

Listening to the voice of the Minister and knowing who he is, I know he made the announcement with a lot of reluctance. [He made it] under duress.

Obviously, it’s not a junior official who’ll put pressure on him to make the decision. I feel that the man believe in the process he had put in place. He believed in the fact that the Committee he had set up had the capacity to unravel the mystery surrounding this whole transaction,” he said an interview with Citi FM.

According to Mr. Bawa, the 8-member committee that was tasked by the Energy Ministry to probe the contaminated fuel saga was made up of the relevant members of the necessary agencies to investigate the transaction.

He noted that it was strange that the Bureau of National Investigations released a separate report with their own investigations, when the committee already had a representative from the BNI with them.

Further remarking on the issue, Edward Bawa debunked claims that BOST also faced similar issues under the erstwhile Mahama administration.

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He said it was only once that there was a similar issue of contaminated fuel, but it was immediately resolved.

His comments follow 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.

The report has been criticized by many national stakeholders, who believe the BNI’s investigation was incomplete and not adequately executed.

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