Unionized workers of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Limited(BOST) are strongly against the energy Minister’s move of setting up an 8-member committee to investigate the sale of off-spec fuel by BOST, arguing that the committee may be biased.
The workers are therefore calling for the dissolution of the committee saying its composition is not representative enough to do a good job.
The Ministry of Energy has set up an 8-member ministerial committee to investigate circumstances under which large quantities of contaminated fuel were allegedly released by the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) Limited to private companies for distribution.
This comes after allegations that BOST has discharged five million litres of dirty oil onto the market after selling the consignment to Movenpiina Limited.
The committee’s responsibility is therefore to advise the ministry on the necessary technical, administrative and legal actions to be taken with regards to the matter, which has attracted much public attention.
It has been given one month to come out with its findings, with five mandates.
But addressing a Press conference yesterday, Godfred Newton Amoah, General secretary of the union stated that the biased composition of the committee is only made up of industry players in the Petroleum downstream sector who seriously wants BOST out of business, thereby expressing fears of a tainted outcome of such probe.
“We also want to state that the biased composition of the just set-up ministerial committee which involves the very industry players i.e the BDCs and the OMCs who wants BOST out of business may have the tendency of depriving the vast majority of Ghanaians from enjoying competitive price in Petroleum downstream.
“Also it’ll be a dangerous move if the government should allow only BDCs to handle petroleum product trading and distribution activities.”