The New Age have confirmed the importation of dirty and contaminated fuel by Total Sierra Leone.
Systematic examinations conducted by the standards bureau point to the fact that a consignment of fuel imported by Total Company is impure and unfit for use by society.
The fuel, our findings revealed, docked into waters of Sierra Leone past Friday but could not be cleared for reasons bordering on hygiene.
They say the standards bureau had used internationally acclaimed machines to test the fuel, but on six consecutive attempts have proven that the consignment is unhygienic, impure and unfit for use.
Claims are that the imported fuel has a higher percentage of sulphur, which makes it unhealthy for consumption.
Abdulrahman Fofana, permanent Secretary Ministry of Trade and Industry, admits the fuel has been declared contaminated by standards bureau (the institution responsible for the safe use of consumables entering and going out of Sierra Leone).
Although PS Fofanah denied any form of political pressure from particularly the Ministry of Trade, sources say Pat Sowe has had endless time pressurizing officials of synergizing institutions to, no doubt, cause the contaminated fuel cleared and brought to the market for sale.
“Ministry of Trade held a meeting with Standards Bureau, Petroleum Regulatory Authority and Total SL and agreed that a second opinion be done on the fuel,” PS Abdulrahman Fofanah said.
But officials of Standards Bureau are of the opinion that the ministry’s decision for a second opinion undermines the professional credibility of both the Bureau and acclaimed Sierra Leone petro-chemists.
That for years the Bureau has been testing fuel imported into Sierra Leone by not only Total but other petroleum dealers, and there has not been any moment where goods brought into the country have been proven otherwise.
Efforts getting the side of TOTAL Sierra Leone proved futile.