BOST; Nana Addo’s First Test On Fight Against Corruption

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It’s often said that one person with a belief and courage is a social power equal to ninety-nine, who have only interests.

Ghana would seem to have produced such person when President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, assumed office on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at least judging by his perceived anti-corruption credentials during his as a minister, under the erstwhile administration of president, John Agyekum Kufuor.

But the famous dictum that Nana Addo is ‘Mr. Integrity’ personified that could take on the corrupt system in the country may after all not be wholly true, if the corruption crisis and apparent lack of capacity or will by his government to end the prevailing impunity of perpetrators are anything to go by.

On assumption of office, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, put fighting grand corruption, promising not to spare anyone, who is found to have pilfered state funds.

In the run-up to the 2016 elections, then candidate Nana Addo, told Ghanaians, especially to the followers of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) that, anyone who wishes to make money, must go to the private sector, but not in his government.

Past events, since January 7, clearly tells me that, Ghana’s democratic project still looks very much like a system run on a basis of self-interest and profit. The simple truth of the matter is that the Nana Addo/Bawuma administration does not have what it takes to fight corruption in this country.

Corruption remains in full public view, at least the perception is as high as ever.

Day has broken and the sun is up, our president, who never stops to tell us how ready and willing he is to fighting the menace, has not shown any sign, except words of his intention.

In a civilized clime, the Managing Director (MD) of the Bulk Oil and Storage Transportation Company (BOST), Alfred Obeng, will long have been shown the exit.

His dismissal will not be an admission of guilt, but rather a dereliction of duty. What the MD of BOST did, was simply informed by greed. The Majority last week, held a press conference to ostensibly equalize an earlier one addressed by the Minority; they made certain allegations, bothering on corruption.

Part of the address was that, the former MD, Kwame Awauh Darko, had sold 12 million litres of contaminated oil to 36 unlicensed companies, between, March 2015 to November 2016.

By their logic, let us apply a higher logic. Kwame Awuah Darko, sold 12 million litres to 36 companies in less than two years, but within five months Alfred Obeng, had sold 5 million litres to only one company, a company which was registered after the deal, has been signed and sealed.

If I am member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), I will feel sad and will not for the life of me defend the daylight robbery that went on at BOST.

Assuming the MD, had decided to, instead of allocating all the 5million litres to one company, given 50,000 litres, to each company registered with BOST.

How do you create wealth, when you decide that, a product that can be bought, by as many people, as have expressed interest, should go to one man?

Nana Addo, should stop chasing his childhood dreams by hobnobbing from one country to another. He was elected to serve the people of Ghana. We are his first love and first responsibility, this idea where the man feels, he has self-actualized and so does not give a hoot, what is happening to our money must stop.

His young administration has been dogged with corrupt cases than we have seen since 1992, when we ushered in our nascent democracy.

This will not be the first time, a public officer, will be asked to step aside or interdicted, whiles investigation into their stewardship goes on. The unwilling and unyielding president Kufuor, asked Dr. Richard Anane, the former Health Minister to step aside when the Commission For Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), were investigating him.

Let there be no mistake: Ghanaians won’t buy into the Nana Addo and Dr. Bawumia anti-corruption agenda, if they can’t even challenge corrupt behaviors within their own government.

The BOST case is a classical one for the president to show courage and political will, and seize the initiative to revitalize the government’s crumbling anti-corruption agenda.

The minister of Energy, Boakye Agyarko, has set up an eight member ministerial committee to look into the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) Company’s controversial sale of 5 million litres of contaminated fuel.

The committee has been mandated to determine the circumstances that led to the contamination of the fuel and review the transaction, among others.

The committee will also review the procedures undertaken by BOST to evacuate the product and ascertain the quality and remaining quantity of the product.

This is the second committee being set up by the Energy Minister, after the controversial Ameri Power Deal. The report of the Ameri committee headed by Philip Addisson, is gathering dust at the ministry. It was a waste of public purse and this one is another attempt to whitewash the deal and get Ghanaians mind off to something else.

The country is dropping deeper into a pattern of corruption, impunity, insecurity, and instability; with Ghanaians still feeling a complete disconnect between what’s happening at the Seat of government (the Flagstaff House), and what’s happening on their doorstep.

This is not the ‘change’ that Ghanaians apparently voted for.

It is true that corruption cannot be eradicated overnight, but combating the problem requires a fundamental change of direction, and not more of the same.

Nana Addo, does not seem concern about the plight of the Ghanaian, the clouds are getting darker and the light at the end of the tunnel that, we were promised, is fast eluding us.

 

 

 

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