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Prez Akufo-Addo commended for firing former BOST boss

[L-R] Duncan Amoah of COPEC consistently cited Mr. Alfred Boateng in a series of serious scandals and consequently petitioned the Special Prosecutor to have him investigated for corruption.
President  Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has received an applause from the Chamber of  Petroleum Consumers – Ghana (COPEC) for terminating the appointment of the now former Managing Director of  the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST), Alfred Obeng Boateng.

COPEC has in the last one year consistently cited Mr. Obeng in a series of serious scandals including corruption and bad management decisions. For COPEC, the sacking of Mr. Obeng is a “a new lease of life” for BOST.

A letter dated June 6 signed by Secretary to President, Nana Asante Bediatuo relieved Mr. Obeng of his post  and appointed George Mensah Okley in his stead.

Read: BOST boss booted out

COPEC in a statement commending the President Akufo-Addo mentioned among other issues the 2017 infamous contaminated fuel saga and the alleged GHC 5.1 million shady deal as some of the instance that the former BOST boss failed to show leadership.

Read: BOST to be dragged to Special Prosecutor over $5.1m “shady deal”

Copec finds the sacking of Mr. Obeng as a soilidification of the President’s resolve to fight corruption in the country.

“The president has indeed demonstrated his aversion for corruption and we believe all others in other key positions will take a cue and not engage in acts that only serves their pockets to the disadvantage of the institutions they have been appointed to”, COPEC stated.

COPEC is hopeful the new leadership of BOST will restored a renewed confidence in the company, which COPEC claims had lost investor confidence under the leadership of Mr. Obeng.

“It is our firm belief that the president’s master stroke to give BOST a new MD will not only boost public confidence but also boost the confidence of the business community in the company to ensure the Global Major Oil  Traders all of whom had withdrawn from carrying out any business with the company, will now find a good reason to renew business operations with BOST”.

Read: BOST slams ‘ignorant’ COPEC over GHS23m deal

While reaffirming its commitment to keep “our eyes and ears continue to be firmly fixed on key petroleum matters”, he also called on the President to bring Mr. Obeng to book for any loss he may have caused the state while he was in office as BOST boss.

“We finally call on the president to ensure any wrongful gains made by the past MD is returned to the state after which he can be redeployed to anywhere his publishing experiences could be useful for”.

By P.D Wedam||Ghana

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