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SEPTEMBER 13, 2016

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The Chief Executive of Ghana Gas, George Sipa Yankey disclosed this to the press after an interaction with engineers and staff of gas producing company after completion of maintenance work on the plant.

The Ghana National Gas (Ghana Gas) has secured a second overhead compressor in a bid to ensure continuous gas supply to the Aboadze thermal plant amid growing demand for power.

The Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Gas, George Sipa Yankey disclosed this to the press after an interaction with engineers and staff of the company after completion of maintenance works on the plant.

Per current arrangement, Ghana Gas would have to shutdown its gas processing plants after every 4000 hours of operation for maintainance.

The gas processing plant at Atuabo was shutdown in September for its third maintenance schedule after 4000 hours of operations.

The new overhead compressor will ensure that the plant continuous to pump gas even during routine maintenance.

The compressor, Dr Yankey said, will be installed in the coming months.

“This mandatory shutdown of every 4000 hours is going to be the last one… as you see shortly we have in place the equipment, the components for a second overhead compressor. When that is installed, anytime that one [compressor] does 4000 hours then other will be brought into service while maintenance goes on,” he said of the new compressor.

“So this five days, one week, 10 days periodic measure  shutdown will be a thing of the past,” he added.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2016

The Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) has discovered that oil revenue allocated to three projects in Upper West and Northern regions might have gone into private pockets as a visit to the project sites reveal that no such projects exist.

The missing oil-funded projects are: rehabilitation of irrigation dam at Douri in the Jirapa District of the Upper West Region, rehabilitation of irrigation dam at Nakori in Wa Municipality, also in the Upper West Region, as well as the construction of 6-unit classroom block at Farikiya Islamic Institute in the Tamale Metropolis of the Northern Region.

A total amount of GH₵99,196.70 was allocated to the three projects that PIAC could locate at the project sites.

The projects in question are funded with proceeds from the Annual Budget Funding Amount (ABFA) in the Upper West and Northern Regions.

The exposé followed visits by PIAC to monitor the existence of ABFA-funded projects and progress of work done as well as state of completion.

An amount of GH₵52,950 was allocated from the ABFA in 2014 toward the rehabilitation of the irrigation dam at Douri in the Jirapa District of the Upper West Region.

The rehabilitation of the irrigation dam at Nakori in Wa Municipality, also in the Upper West Region, received GH₵15,970 from the ABFA in 2014.

In 2015, an amount of GH₵30,276.70 was disbursed from the ABFA for the construction of 6-unit classroom block at Farikiya Islamic Institute in the Tamale Metropolis of the Northern Region.

Dr Manteaw calls for probe

Dr Steve Manteaw, a member of PIAC, has, therefore, called on the Auditor-General’s department to audit all oil-money-funded projects as well as establish value for money in all the projects.

He said if the Auditor-General confirms that the monies went into private pockets, the monies should be retrieve and necessary sanctions meted out to those who misappropriated public resources.

“We need to decentralize the implementation of projects funded with oil money.

“Everything is centralised. So, what we found is that at the regional level and also at the district level, authorities were unaware of that there were projects being funded with oil money in their jurisdictions.

“Involving them will make for proper supervision in ensuring that the work is done to specification,” Dr Manteaw told The Finder on the sidelines of an Editor’s Liaison organised by Penplusbytes.

It was on the topic “Amplifying Oil and Gas Issues, Ghana Elections 2016”.

Dr Manteaw stated that the Finance Minister is supposed to provide update on the state of implementation of various projects but because he is not providing them and “we are unable to know whether the projects are being implemented or not.

“The minister should be called to order to comply with the law,” he stressed.

PIAC abandon press conference on the loot

A planned press conference to make the findings public by PIAC was called off at the 11th hour.

And my information is that the Vice-Chairman, with the support of the Chairman, preferred that PIAC wrote to the Minister of Finance for a response to the findings before going public.

The Finder understands that line of action was consequently taken and the minister was given up to August 18, 2016 to respond but, as at today, there has been no response.

Rehabilitation of Irrigation Dam at Douri, Jirapa District

Community members revealed that no work had taken place at the site since 1998 when a Japanese Grant was released for the construction of the existing irrigation project.

It came to light that opinion leaders and local authorities in the community were unaware of the release of funds for the rehabilitation of the dam, even though GH₵52, 950 of ABFA was earmarked for the project in 2014.

Rehabilitation of Irrigation Dam at Nakori in Wa Municipality

It is learnt that the rehabilitation of the dam was being undertaken by Alhaji Adamu, a local contractor but, since 2006, only a bridge had been constructed over the dam and two holes which had been dug are yet to have pipes fixed to convey water through canals for irrigation.

The dam when completed will be of immense benefit to the community and a sum of GH₵15,970 from the 2014 ABFA was allocated to for it but the PIAC team was unable to tell what it was used for.

PIAC is calling on the Ministries of Finance and Water resources, Works & Housing to provide further information on the project in order to determine what the funds have been used for.

Construction of 6-Unit Classroom Block at Farikiya Islamic Institute in the Tamale Metropolis

According to PIAC, this project, with an allocation of GH₵30,276.70 from the 2015 ABFA could not be traced in the school.

Authorities at the school had no knowledge of the allocation of the cash for the construction of a six-unit classroom block for the school.

According to them, the most recent project undertaken at the school was a Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFUND) project which was completed in 2014.

Having been unable to identify this project, PIAC called on the Ministries of Finance and Education to provide further details on this project, including the date of award of contract, the contractor(s) for the project, other source(s) of funding for the project and other relevant information to enable PIAC and the citizenry to trace the whereabouts of the project or the allocated funds.

3 Other projects visited

The PIAC committee also found that three projects funded from ABFA were in various stages of completion but the team was not impressed with some findings.

Construction of two-storey dormitory block at Zebilla Senior High Technical School

This project, which began in 2012 by the Ministry of Education, was stalled in 2014 due to lack of funds.

In 2015, the government allocated GH₵85,606.48 of ABFA to the project in order to resume construction.

During the committee’s visit, it was found that as beneficiaries, authorities of the School and the District Assembly did not know about the sources of funding, contracting process and implementation of project since there was no sign post detailing the funding and contractor executing the project in accordance with regulations.

The committee also noted that earlier work on the building was already showing signs of deterioration, with leakages in some parts of the roof, a clear sign that the structure would require re-roofing.

Payment for the Rehabilitation of Science Resource Centre at St. Francis Girls Senior High School (SHS), Jirapa District

This project was allocated GH₵44,086.97 from the 2015 ABFA and involved the tiling of the floors, renovation of the ceilings and painting of the laboratories. The science resource centre serves St. Francis Girls SHS and five other adjoining Senior High Schools in the region.

School authorities told the committee that they had other pressing needs which could have been funded and had they been consulted in the choice of projects to be undertaken they would have made the necessary input.

They noted that rehabilitation of the resource centre without provision of laboratory equipment as well as relevant resources and other facilities in the laboratories for the learning of science, would be of little impact.

Payment of Electrical Works for Upgrade of Electrical Power Supply at Bagabaga College of Education, Tamale Metropolis

This project, according to the authorities at the Bagabaga College of Education, became necessary as a result of the low and unstable power supply to the institution.

An amount ofGH₵248,245was allocated from the 2015 petroleum funds for the upgrade of electrical power supply.

PIAC found that new electrical cables had been fixed alongside old cables, a transformer which was meant to be installed to step up the voltage supplied to the College of Education was left at the administrative block of the College whilst the school still suffered unstable power supply.

In addition, the technician, who conducted the team around the project, could not explain why the transformer was not installed since the college was not involved in the project execution.

Source: Finder Newspaper

SEPTEMBER 2, 2016


Puma Oil Limited has recorded the cheapest prices for petrol and diesel after the first deregulation window in September.

According to data collated by Thomas Dodzi, Head of Research and Pricing at the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers Ghana (COPECGH), as of September 2, 2016, Puma Oil Limited was selling petrol for GHS 3.620 per litre, representing a 4.32 percent increment while diesel was being offered for GHS 3.590 per litre, which shows a 6.21percent rise.

Petrol has been increased from between three and six per cent across most of the Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) while diesel has gone up by between four and eight per cent across most pumps or fuel stations.

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COPECGH indicated that other oil marketing companies were working to adjust prices for the first pricing window, however, a lot of the electronic display boards of the fuel companies continue to be off.

COPECGH, therefore, advised the public to desist from patronising fuel from such companies due to the tendency for them to short-change consumers.

Source: http://classfmonline.com/1.9805873

SEPTEMBER 2, 2016

fpsoThe Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has expressed concern over the rising incidence of fuel smuggling through the abuse of the export and re-export regimes.


To stem the abuse and prevent further loss of revenue, GRA said traders engaged in exporting and re-exporting of petroleum product are required to, from September 1, follow a series of guidelines for the documentation and removal of their respective consignments.

In an advertorial, GRA said an exporter shall “obtain an export licence from the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) in order to qualify to remove petroleum products for export/re-export from any storage depot in the country”.

Other guidelines issued include the following:

1. Apply to the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority to be registered as a self-declarant for the purposes of Customs Documentation.

2. Obtain a removal bond from an insurance company.

3. Report to the Assistant Commissioner of Customs, Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), with a copy of the signed bond and the export licence to commence loading.

4. The Temporary Vehicle Importation (TVI) declaration and payment receipt on all foreign-registered vehicles are to be submitted to the TOR Collection of the Customs Division, together with the collection order for the approval before loading.

5. Customs will seal the loaded Bulk Road Vehicles (BRV) after loading. Where an external agency has been contracted to seal the loaded trucks, their seal shall be an addition to the Customs seal.

6. The exporter shall prepare a declaration with the appropriate Customs Procedure Code on the consignment and send a copy to the Document Verification Officer (DVO) at the depot for processing.

7. The exporter shall obtain from Customs a hard copy of the details of all the trucks conveying the consignment before final dispatch. These details shall include the particulars of all the trucks as well as their respective loading capacities and the numbers of all the attached Customs seals.

8. Drivers of the BRVs shall sign an undertaking with Customs before dispatch (attach as Annex A)

9. Each BVR carrying part of the consignment shall report to all the Customs checkpoints along the routine checks to be conducted.

According to the GRA, the guidelines are for strict enforcement. “Any deviations shall constitute prima facie evidence of an attempt to breach Customs Control and may be penalised under existing legislation,” the advertorial said.

Source: http://www.classfmonline.com/1.9804348

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