BOST ‘iPhone-13Directors’ In Trouble
…As Group Petitions Akufo-AddoFor Prosecution
A pressure group, The New Ghana Social Justice Forum, has petitioned President Akufo-Addo to swiftly dissolve the board of the state-owned Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) over some alleged $3million deal, as well as the recent iPhone scandal.
The group, who stormed the company’s North Dzorwulu headquarters in Accra last Thursday, October 19, to stage a demonstration and demand accountability from the company, said top officials who superintended these rots must also be prosecuted, after dissolution of the board.
The petition, signed by the group’s president, Yahaya Alhassan, and addressed to President Akufo-Addo and copied to National Petroleum Authority (NPA),as well as managing director of BOST, Edwin Provencal, said, “Notwithstanding the current BOST iPhone scandal, BOST is embroiled in a 3 million USD loot and share which has caused financial loss to the state.”
According to the one-page petition, sighted by The Anchor, “The Auditor General’s Report also found that, the Board Chairman, Mr. Ekow Hackman, too created three companies to compete with himself to win BOST contracts. Ghana was scammed.”
In view of the above, the group said “To this end, we call for the dissolution of BOST Board and prosecution of BOST top officials.”
The company, in a statementissued on September 30, 2023, acknowledged the procurement of the 18 pieces of iPhones for their corporate executives in May of the previous year at a cost of a staggeringGH₵234,000.
During the protest, the president of the forum accused the BOST Board Chair of misconduct, specifically the improper awarding of contracts to companies registered under his name, listing the alleged companies as Enginmac Co Ltd, Precious Engineering and Dass-B Electricals.
Additionally, The New Ghana Social Justice Forum claimed that BOST had incurred judgment debts totaling 3million dollars.
In response to these allegations, the Deputy Managing Director of BOST refuted the claims, asserting that they were baseless.
He pointed out that the company’s accounts had been thoroughly audited by the Auditor General, who found no evidence of such irregularities.
Nevertheless, he assured the protesters that the concerns raised by ‘The New Ghana Social Justice’ Forum would be subjected to a comprehensive investigation.
The Deputy Managing Director of BOST accepted the petition presented by ‘The New Ghana Social Justice Forum’, pledging that the matter would be addressed appropriately and with transparency.
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