E/R: NPA Engages Stakeholders on Cylinder Recirculation
The National Petroleum Authority (NPA)
has engaged stakeholders in the Eastern Region on the proposed gas Cylinder
Recirculation Model (CRM).
The engagement was held on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 under the theme: ‘CRM: Creating More Jobs, Securing Our Safety’.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NPA, Alhassan Tampuli addressing the occasion said, the engagement of stakeholders was to incite stakeholders on the implementation process of the new LPG Policy.
He affirmed that, the CRM implementation model for the National LPG Policy was aimed at providing direct service of LPG in a safe and efficient way, to facilitate an increase in the patronization of LPG in the country.
“Our target is to ensure that, at least 50% of the Ghanaian populace have access to LPG on commercial and industrial usage by the year 2030 and its start from today, adding that, 25% of the population uses LPG which indicates that 75% of the population does not patronize the LPG.
“We will keep on moving and see to it we get to our destination and we will count on your continuous support, wise counseling, and we pray that, as we continue to implement this policy the benefit will come to all of us” he said.
According to him, countries like Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Niger, Ivory Coast and others have implement the right policy in terms of Gas distribution and has attributed the high rate of explosion in Ghana and Nigeria to the improper model used in distributing gas.
He then downplayed the idea that, with the implementation of the new policy people will lose their jobs as he believes when the policy is fully implemented about 4,500 people will be employed.
“As we speak, some people have come with different ideas that there are going to be joblessness and we have thrown a challenge to anyone who thinks there is going to be a jobless to come and face us in a debate. We believe by the time that we finish with the implementation of this policy we are going to get not less than 4,500 more jobs to be created in the LPG space” he averred.
Alhassan Tampuli continued that, the Eastern Region is a very special place as far as they are concern and for that matter, they have intended to do a piloting of the cylinder recirculation model before they take off and has found the E/R as one of the logical places where they have to start the implementation.
“We are starting the piloting in two district; that is, in the Demkyembour and the Kwaebibirim district so that you learn how to go about the distribution of LPG” He ended.
The Eastern Regional Minister and the Member of Parliament for Nkawkaw, Eric Kwakye Daffuor expressed gratitude to NPA and promised to ensure LPG model implementation in the region as he believes the introduction of the LPG is a good policy which will help Ghanaians in their future endeavors.
He then allays fears surrounding the usage of LPG and has entreated Ghanaians to fully participate in the activity to ensure better implementation of the policy.
In furtherance, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Association of Oil and Marketing Companies, Kwaku Agyemang Duah also said lavished praises on the NPA for the innovations.
He opined that, for Ghanaians to fully patronize the LPG Policy model, government must reduce taxes on LPG as he believes the pricing of gas in the country is huge and has cited Burkina Faso pricing as cheaper than ours.
“We will like to plead with our government; the taxes of LPG should be removed, so that LPG will become cheaper for us. So that we can get a lot more people to use LPG if we are to move from the 25% mark to 50%” he said.