The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has declared President Nana Akufo-Addo as the biggest factor in promoting corruption in his government.
At the launch of Corruption Tracker Series at the NDC’s second weekly press conference in Accra on Monday, the party’s national communications officer, Sammy Gyamfi, said that while the president had promised to protect the public purse, President Akufo-Addo “was truly the leader and chief patron of this most corrupt government.”
Mr Gyamfi recalls that on 18 January 2017, five million litres of fuel from a mixture of diesel and gasoline were contaminated at the site of the Bulk Oil and Storage Transportation Company (BOST) and were sold to two unlicensed companies, Movenpina and Zup Oil.
He said that “Movenpina Energy and Zup Oil did not receive a license from the National Petroleum Agency to trade petroleum products in the downstream oil sector in Ghana at any time relevant to this transaction, so selling contaminated fuel to these unlicensed companies opposes sections 11 and 32 of the 2005 NPA Act and were therefore illegal. ”
Mr Gyamfi added that the transaction violated paragraphs 16 (2) (c), 40 (1), 35, 83 and 84 of the 2003 Government Procurement Law (Law 663) because it did not go through tender procedures.
Despite these facts, President Akufo-Addo motivated the stable defence of the then executive director of BOST and insisted that the allegations of corruption against MD were baseless.
According to Sammy Gyamfi, “the National Investigation Bureau and the NPA tried to cover up the scandal by taking over the work of the committee set up by the former Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko at the time to investigate the issue.”
“Today we know that the committee responsible for reviewing the Mövenpina-Zup oil-contaminated saga has determined that the transaction is criminal and that the proceeds have not been paid to the state.”
“In fact, the Commission’s report shows that Movenpina did not pay BOST for 471,000 litres sold through Zup Oil Limited. The committee also found that thousands of litres of fuel could not be counted in NPA tanks,” Gyamfi said.
The NDC Communication Director also indicated that despite the anti-corruption campaign during the 2016 elections, President Akufo-Addo appeared to “normalize corruption” and “protect and free his corrupt officials from some serious acts of corruption”. against the country as a “BOSTGATA scandal”.
Gyamfi noted that BOST, which was managed so efficiently that for the first time in its history, BOST was able to trade with large international oil companies such as British Petroleum (BP), Vitol and Trafigura outdoors. The credit system offer during the Mahama administration, a situation which helped bring down local fuel prices in 2015 and 2016, even if world market prices determine the adjustment of fuel price increases, has now become a pale shadow.
“Also at the time of he was leaving office in 2017, the Mahama NDC government left 200,000 tons of processed products to the Akufo-Addo government, valued at around 1 billion GHS and 2 million barrels of raw material (1 million barrels from the TEN field) and 1 million barrels of Qua-Iboe Commodity from Nigeria worth more than $ 100 million,” he said.
He continued that “today it is sad to note that after the theft and plunder of BOST resources in the past three and a half years, the once profitable and rich state-owned company which used to b a partner of several respected multinational oil companies in the UK under former NDC-Mahama government completely been ruined by the Akufo-Addo government, so the company (BOST) does not have its own strategic stocks today and actually takes a loan to pay its workers.”