The Majority in Parliament has called for a forensic, ‘high-profile’ investigations into the operations of BOST as the 5million litres of contaminated fuel saga spirals into partisan proportions.
At a press conference Friday, the MP for Odotobri, Emmanuel Akwasi Gyamfi, justified the NPP’s demand for an investigations by reading out a list of ‘scandalous’ transactions at BOST under the tenure of the former CEO.
The MP, flanked by the Majority leader Osei-Kyei Bonsu, accused Kwame Awuah Darko of transferring “unexplained colossal amount” to the seat of government last year.
Kwame Awuah Darko
The amount range between ¢2.5million and ¢3.5million and was twice every month between October 2015 to June 2016.
He also said Kwame Awuah Darko engaged a financial consultant on a $50,000 salary for 36 months. The NDC appointee also rented a $310,000 property at the Airport residential area at the expense of BOST, but the house was kept under lock and key and never used, he claimed.
“If BOST were a private enterprise will the owners subject it to such abuse?” he queried.
Emmanuel Akwasi Gyamfi ended the list of sins of the former administration, concluding that“there has been a lot of wrong at BOST”
The call for investigations should get the nod from the Minority who made similar calls three days ago. But the partisan gridlock could be expected when a discussion of which body should carry out the investigations begins.
Take out this bi-partisan consensus on the need for investigations and the partisanship returns. The Majority and Minority disagree on several points in this contaminated fuel saga.
The Minority fired salvos at the NPP government and called for the immediate interdiction of the BOST CEO Mr. Alfred Obeng Boateng.
Led by former Energy minister Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah who is the Minority’s the spokesperson on Energy, the NDC also faulted the CEO for cutting shady deals.
The Minority said 5million litres of contaminated fuel should have been processed to restore it to good use instead of selling it off.
The Minority also accused the CEO of doing business with unlicensed companies and causing financial loss to the state which they estimated at GHS 14.25 million.