The Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors (CBOD), Senyo Hosi, has revealed he has been receiving threats on his life because of his anti-corruption activism in the petroleum downstream sector.
In an interview with Accra-based Joy FM, Tuesday, Mr. Hosi said the threats have even been escalated to his family members.
“It is very depressing for people like me and my family whose lives are at risk and get all sort of threats trying to deal with these things [corruption]. And yet, those who are supposed to deal with do not do it because they [government] are all culpable,’ Mr. Hosi said.
According to him, the threats are coming because beneficiaries of the corruption that he fights feel he is destroying their goldmines. “Why shouldn’t I get threats when I am trying to put sand in somebody’s gari? I live life every day with some clarity in thought that it may possibly be my last. I am being honest with you.”
Mr. Hosi accused the Akufo-Addo government of disappointing expectations saying the ruling NPP had campaigned on rhetoric of anti-corruption in 2016 and gotten the people’s mandate only to disappoint in office.
He points out that though the government has the means and the legal backings to fight corruption, they don’t because they themselves are complicit in the culture of corruption.
The whole industry is going haywire; and it is because of politicians, security officials, industry players and regulators. But there are ways to deal with it but very little commitment,” he stated.
The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has said the country loses close to US$3 billion to graft annually.