With just one deal, the BOST Boss, Mr. Alfred ObengBoateng and his cronies will become richer by over ten million Ghana cedis at the expense of the Ghanaian taxpayer without having to invest a single penny beyond whatever was spent to set-up a fronting company called MOVENPINAA ENERGY.
Investigations conducted by this paper revealed that on 2nd June, 2017, Mr. Alfred ObengBoateng directed that five million litres of supposedly contaminated fuel should be sold to Movenpinaa Energy at a unit price of one Ghana cedi (GHȼ1.00) per litre.
Intriguingly, Mr. Alfred ObengBoateng’s directive was based on an offer made by Movenpinaa Energy to purchase five million litres of contaminated fuel from BOST.
Movenpinaa Energy’s offer letter, under the heading, “EXPRESSION OF INTEREST TO PROCURE FIVE MILLION LITRES OF CONTAMINATED PRODUCTS AT ACCRA PLAINS DEPOT”, reads, “it is my pleasure to inform you of our interest to purchase five million litres of your contaminated products at APD terminal”.
The offer letter concluded that, “our proposed price per litre is GHȼ0.50. We are therefore waiting for your approval and directive. Counting on your support. Thank you. Yours faithfully, G. A. Asiamah, Ag. CEO”
Although Movenpinaa Energy’s offer letter was dated 19th May, 2017, it was not until the 2nd day of June 2017that letter was received by BOST, and that same day, the BOST boss ‘most efficiently’ dealt with the offer without recourse to procurement processes and directed that “the entire five million litres should be given to them [Movenpinaa Energy] at a unit price of one Ghana cedi (GHȼ1.00) [at] open credit”.
The directive to release the entire five million litres of supposedly contaminated fuel to Movenpinaa at open credit means that Movenpinaa did not have to invest a single pesewa into purchasing the fuel and would also have the luxury of paying BOST at their own convenience!
Meanwhile, checks at the Registrar General reveal that as at the 19th of May, 2017 that Movenpinaa wrote its offer letter to BOST, the company was not legally in existence. Movenpinaa was legally incorporated as a company on 29th May, 2017.
How an entity that was not even in existence got to know that BOST has contaminated fuel to the point of knowing the exact quantity that was available is a puzzle that EOCO must find answers to.
Even more intriguing is the fact that the telephone number provided on Movenpinaa Energy’s letterhead is the same number to the BOST boss’ private office at Airport in Accra.
When The Ghanaian Lens contacted the BOST boss on phone and sought to obtain answers to some of the issues, his response was that BOST was going to issue a release to clarify everything.
The promised release was issued and it reads,
BULK OIL STORAGE AND TRANSPORTATION COMPANY LIMITED (BOST)
Capacity/quantity of off-spec product sale
Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) - has the core mandate to ensure the provision of adequate fuel security and natural gas transmission through the development and maintenance of appropriate infrastructural network that would facilitate an efficient and cost effective transportation and distribution service to our clients and the people of Ghana.
It is upon this backdrop that BOST wishes to inform the good people of Ghana that, within best practices, off-spec is meant to be appropriately disposed after knowing its cause since it cannot be used for its original purpose.
Yes! Within the legal right of the organisation, a volume of off -spec product to the tune of five million litres have been sold to Movenpiina.
It is also important to note that, it rests on the decision of Management as to who to do business with. And in this case, the financial ability, competence, space and the company’s (buyer) commitment not to put the product back unto the market should be duly ascertained. To this end, BOST deploys the use of only Bulk Road Vehicles (BRV) that have tracking devices installed and have dully met the requirements of NPA to haul products. Thus rendering BOST extremely responsible. The transmission department at BOST duly inspected the premises of the off-taker (ZUPOIL LTD) and was convinced that their storage facility could accommodate the volume of product.
The product was declared off-spec after going through an in-house technical assessment and a laboratory test by the Tema Oil Refinery. Thus cannot be deemed as a scandalous transaction. After the realisation of the state of the product, BOST after a thorough analysis and consultation, had three (3) options to deal with the situation;
a. Option 1
The first option is to have a corrective treatment of the off-spec product at TOR but this option was however not possible because TOR is not refining at the moment.
b. Option 2
The second option was to gradually inject a total of about seventy thousand (70,000) litres of the off-spec product into ten million litres (10,000,000) of normal product over a period which will take about ten (10) solid months for BOST to accomplish. The implication of this option is however the opportunity cost of losing the commercial value of over five million and seven hundred thousand Ghana Cedis (GHS 5,700,000). This arrangement would have deprived the BDCs of getting space to store their products. The capacity of the tank holding the off-spec product is twenty million litres (20,000,000 lts).
c. Option 3
This option involves the selling of the off-spec product at a competitive ex-depot price. Comparatively, the possible revenue loss here cannot outweigh the loss in Option 1 and 2.