The Herald, has obtained more details on the resignation of Managing Director of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transport (BOST) Company Limited, George Mensah Okley, and the appointment of an unknown Edwin Provencal as his successor by the Minister of Energy, John Peter Amewu, in the name of President Akufo-Addo, barely 72 hours thereafter; his third MD in less than three years.
Interestingly, Edwin Provencal’s description and qualification as a Technical Advisor to the Minister of Energy, has been disputed with claims that he only buys food and runs other errands for the Energy Minister.
Mr Amewu, took him along to the Energy Ministry, following the dismissal of BoakyeAgyarko by the President, over the AMERI Novation scandal.
But of the many report obtained by The Herald, the most serious is incredible information that there is a gang of workers at BOST led by one Nana Akua, who has an unfettered access to the Presidency and President Akufo-Addo and reporting on others, especially the management to the Flagstaff House. This has created a difficult working environment for the management of the state facility.
The paper also picked up names such as Sarpong and Owireku, as part of the gang linked to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) writing and pushing anonymous petitions to party bigwigs of the NPP, including its National Executives and state institutions like the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), thus bringing undue pressure on both the management and President Akufo-Addo to act, albeit ill-informed.
Such petition find their way into the media houses, and the ousted MD, is reported to be one of the victims of these schemers, who wanted one of their own BagnabaVangoh, as BOST MD after the departure of Alfred Obeng, but unaware that the Energy Minister, also wanted his close friend, Moses Mensah Assem, whom he had made Deputy MD, to head the facility, after succeeding in sacking Mr Okley.
However, to have effective control over BOST, fuel haulage, the cash it brings and influence among party loyalists, Mr Amewu, shockingly added Edwin Provencal, who many have described as his errand boy to head BOST, and said to have no experience in the field; unlike Mr Okley, who until his appointment, was the Director of Upstream Petroleum at the Energy Ministry from 2013.
Another serious report obtained by The Herald is that, many BOST workers, have either bought oil tankers to execute fuel haulage contracts or have procured the services of private oil tanker owners to transport fuel on their behalf to remote areas in the country.
The clique, is mostly angry when they don’t have their demands for more haulage contracts and other things, including job promotions heeded by those in-charge, especially the MD.
The Herald’s multiple sources insisted that Mr Okley, did not award any haulage contract to himself as claimed, but had only wanted to streamline the operations at BOST to ensure that everyone got a bite at the fuel haulage cake. They challenged those making the claim to reveal the name of Mr Okley’s company, and the registration numbers the vehicles used to cart his haulage.
President Akufo-Addo, had appointed Mr Okley, as the Acting MD. Until his appointment, he was the Director of Upstream Petroleum at the Ministry of Energy, from 2013 to 2017.
Mr Okley, who was a Research Scientific Officer at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission from 2005 to 2007, subsequently became a Petroleum Engineer at the Ministry of Energy from 2008 to 2012.
This paper on Monday, reported its findings into last Friday’s resignation of the BOST MD revealed some interesting details, including a massive turf war in the Office of The President as to who should control the state institution.
Also making the rounds about the resignation of Mr Okley is that, a BNI report, was cooked by some elements at the Presidency and fed to President Akufo-Addo to kick him out from BOST, although two separate reports from the BNI, had earlier cleared him of some allegations by some ruling party moles at BOST.
The ousted BOST boss, had been at post for a year and two months. He was appointed following the dismissal of Alfred Obeng Boateng, with a letter signed by the Executive Secretary to the President, Nana Bediatuo Asante, dated June 5, 2018.
Interestingly, while Nana Bediatuo Asante and Deputy Chief of Staff, Francis Asenso Boakye, are reported to have forced out the BOST boss by getting him to tender in his resignation last Friday, August 23, on a claim that the President is very angry at him, hence he must resign.
The Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei Opare and President Akufo-Addo’s cousin, Gabby Asare Otchere–Darko, are said to be supporters of George Mensah Okley, and have worked to keep him in office until last week Friday, when Nana Asante Bediatuo and Francis AsensoBoakye, had their way and kicked him out.
The Chief of Staff and Mr Otchere–Darko, according to The Herald’s sources at the Presidency, have been making frantic efforts to brief the President, not to accept the resignation, because it was orchestrated.
BOST, is under the Ministry of Energy, but curiously, the resignation letter was not sent to the Energy Minister, John Peter Amewu.
The Herald is informed that the resignationwas news to him, having been busy with the funeral arrangement of his sister; Mrs. Esther Dey, who passed away in Tema, a fortnight ago.
Again, The Herald is informed that, the media reports that Mr Okley, resigned over some contracts issues are false. The reports were plotted and planted in the media to achieve an ulterior motive.
This was after the Board Chairman of BOST, Ekow Hackman, had delivered a message from the Presidency, that President Akufo-Addo, wanted Mr Okley’s immediate resignation.
This paper further leant that, Ekow Hackman, had had a good working relationship with the BOST MD, and hence was only acting on orders from the Presidency.
The Herald is informed that some elements at the Presidency, were rather pushing the ousted BOST boss to handover a procurement contract somewhere in Buipe in the Central Gonja District, to a company linked to the ruling NPP at a price above GHc4 million, but the eventual winner is charging less than GHC1 million.
The decision to ensure that the contract was awarded to the company with the less value and not the company with the high value, is said to have angered the group, who pushed out Mr Okley. Same group, The Herald learnt got Deputy BOST MD, Moses Asem, creating unnecessary tension at the state facility, because he had been a friend to the Energy Minister.
Many NPP elements at BOST, had accused Mr Okley, a former NPP Constituency Executive at Krowor Constituency in the Greater Accra of allowing employees linked to NDC for having their way and even getting promotions at their expense.
They further accused him of poor human relations, but people close to him say “Okley just wants to work in a manner that President Akufo-Addo will be happy about”.
Additional claims are that supporters of Alfred Obeng, as well as beneficiaries of his weekly and monthly contracts and financial collections, have not been happy about attempts to streamline BOST to run smoothly, hence their incessant verbal attacks, petitions and false claims to the President about Okley, who had been NPP Constituency executive in Krowor, Accra.
Ruling party bigwigs getting fuel contracts to many parts of the country also want more allocations, and are unhappy with what they’re getting presently, therefore, part of the plots that ousted Okley, who is currently jobless having been made to resign his Energy Ministry job ahead of his appointment a BOST MD.
More to come!