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General News of Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Source: Graphic.com.gh

PPP wants TOR fully investigated

The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has called for full scale investigations into the current state of the Tema Oil Refinery’s (TOR) inactivity.

It alleged that because some “mafias close to government” were benefiting from the dormancy of the refinery through importation of finished fuel products, they were bent on ensuring that the refinery remained permanently dormant.

A leading member of the PPP, Mr William Doworpkor, who addressed the media to mark the first anniversary of the certification as a political party in Accra last Friday, said the investigation must unravel how much had been collected as TOR debt over the years.

He wondered why the government would turn deaf ears to workers of the refinery who had insisted that the operations of TOR would mean that at least 50 per cent of the nation’s refined fuel needs could be produced by TOR, a situation that would generate income to the nation.

Giving the party’s vision, Mr Doworpkor indicated that the PPP was determined to disband forever “the mafia that has deliberately disabled the TOR in order to award themselves and the cronies’ contracts to import finished products at the expense of the tax payers”.

Even before the recommendations of the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC), Mr Doworkpor gave the strongest indication that the PPP would institute another constitution review to push for certain amendments to the Constitution when it was given the mandate to govern the country.

Top on the list is the establishment of an independent Public Prosecutor’s office, separate from the Ministry of Justice, strengthens Narcotics Control Board into an agency, abolish the provisions that allow Members of Parliament to be appointed ministers, the use of electronic voting, among others.

He noted that the PPP had some problems with the electoral system and after the 2012 elections wrote to the Electoral Commission (EC) for discussions on the way forward but the commission was yet to even acknowledge receipt of the letter.

He said the PPP recommendations included the full use of the electronic voting system and that the machine to be used must be designed by a Ghanaian firm in collaboration with an international counterpart, adding that every political party that met the Political Parties Law would be granted a seat on the board of the voting machine company.

This, he explained, would eliminate the increasing phenomenon of rejected ballot.