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04.05.2019 General News

Martin Amidu Under Fire For No Show On BOST Scandal

By Clement Akoloh
Special Prosecutor, Martin Alamisi Amidu
Special Prosecutor, Martin Alamisi Amidu

The Office of the Special Prosecutor, headed by the self-styled citizen vigilante, Martin Alamisi Amidu, has come under severe criticism for failing to live up to the expectation of the public.

Martin Amidu's office has been described as 'an empty teacup' having failed already to satisfy the purpose for which it was created amidst the pump and pageantry by the ruling NPP.

Martin Amidu’s Office was petitioned by the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) led by its CEO, Duncan Amoah in 2018, over cases of financial bleedings to the state asset, BOST.

However, very little has been heard about the progress of the investigations.

Established by the Akufo-Addo government for more than a year to fight corruption in the society and especially within government circles, the Office is yet to conduct any competent investigation into any of the burning issues which are lying on his desk.

Discussants on Multimedia’s news analysis and current affairs programme, Newsfile, on Saturday expressed disappointment in the OSP for failing to investigate the BOST contaminated oil scandal which had been brought to its attention by a petitioner, Duncan Amoah.

This pressing issue had been attracting the attention of Martin Amidu even before the release of a leaked report of the Committee set up to investigate the matter which raised that some acts of criminality may have been committed.

The leaked Committee report has described the involvement of the management of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transport (BOST) Limited in the sale of 5 million liters of contaminated fuel to unlicensed companies, Movinpina and Zup Oil as criminal.

Dean of Studies and Research at the Institute of Local Government Studies, Dr. Oduro Osae and Senior Vice President of IMANI Ghana, Kofi Bentil, who were all panelists on the programme expressed disappointment in the seeming lack of interest by the Office of the Special Prosecutor to pursue such and others landmark cases which could be a check on corruption in government circles.

According to the panelists, the Special Prosecutor has failed the nation.