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Contaminated fuel not yet in the market, NPA assures



The National Petroleum Authority, NPA, has assured Ghanaians that the contaminated fuel the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Limited (BOST) sold to Movenpiina and subsequently to Zup Oil has not hit the market yet.

According to the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the NPA, Alhassan Tampuli, who gave the assurance, the Authority has no reason to believe that some of the contaminated products have ended up in any of the retail outlets.

“Our investigations and preliminary report also indicates that, we don’t have any reason to believe that anything has been put into the market. We are still monitoring.”

It would be recalled that the Minority caucus in Parliament had called for a thorough investigation into the sale of the contaminated fuel and an immediate withdrawal of the product from the market.

However, the NPA boss, while speaking on Okay FM, said: “As at now, we do not have any reason to believe that some of the contaminated products have ended up in any retail outlet. We want to send that message clear to the general public so that the fear and panic out there will be completely debunked.”

On the silence from the NPA on the matter, Tampuli said, the NPA as the regulator is doing its investigation before addressing Ghanaians on the issue with BOST, insisting that his organisation would be the last to speak inspite all the information already available in the public domain.

Speaking further, the NPA boss said with the investigation done so far, it was established that BOST Managing Director, Alfred Boateng sold 5 million litres of contaminated petroleum products to a private company called Movenpinaa.

He however maintained that the 5 million litres of product is still in the custody of BOST except for the 18 trucks that have been moved out; revealing that out of the 18 trucks, 8 of the trucks are still with BOST PD Terminal.

“According to our tracking machines, 10 trucks have moved to a location operated by Zup Oil. We went to Zup Oil premises and we have seen what they have and we have taken a sample and we are yet to confirm the sample. We are also yet to confirm the volumes of products they have in order to ascertain whether or not some of the products have ended up as they are being alleged in the petroleum stations,” he disclosed.

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