The National Petroleum Authority has allayed fears by some Liquefied Petroleum Gas dealers who are skeptical about the yet to be rolled out Cylinder Recirculation Model will bring about job losses.

Speaking at a media interaction session in Sunyani, the Chief Executive Officer f the Authority Mr Hassan Tampuli noted Ghana and Nigeria are the only two countries in West  Africa which have not rolled the CRM yet in any of the other countries, gas dealers are still in business.

"The purported 400 jobs loss is not entirely accurate, rather there will be more jobs created for many categories of workers. In the process of the CRM we will need workers at the bottling plants sites, drivers for distribution and this will even create easy accessibility to gas since the distributors will travel to remote parts of the country"

Touching on the need for this policy the energy magnate  hinted "after the atomic gas explosion which followed the June 3rd twin disaster, cabinet decided to employ this method to help reduce the risk citizens are exposed to during filling of their gas cylinders as well as during refilling at gas filling stations, since these gas pumps are within settlements. By Cabinet directive, we have to roll out the CRM by January 2019" 

The legal luminary who led the NPA to win the 2017 Climate and Clean Air Award for Outstanding Policy in Germany called on the all to become ambassadors of safety.

"Irrespective of the relentless efforts of the NPA, EPA, GNFS and other regulatory bodies, it is required of us as citizens to be watchful and whistle blowers of the careless acts of some pump operators because we might not know our whereabouts during an accident. It is not appropriate for pumps to fill their tanks after 6pm, and we should ensure pumps have fire extinguishers. We also have to follow all the safety precautions at each pump' he entreated all.

The CEO could not go scot-free without touching on the pricing of petroleum products in the country.

"After July 2015 government decided to stop subsiding petroleum products except  premix fuel to avert the accruing debt through deregulation, however the price of petroleum is determined by the exchange rate, world market prices and "taxes, levies and margins". Though government has a cap for the OMCs, they price sometimes 15 percent lower to stay in business due to the competitive nature of their business" Mr Tampuli explained

He therefore noted government is working relentlessly to reduce the taxes to ensure citizens buy at moderate price.

"We can't touch the margins because they ensure universal stable price across the country. For now  the LPG tax is pegged at 46 Pesewas to ensure stability of cheaper abundant fuel. Apart from Togo which is an offshore center and Nigeria where Government subsidizes the price of fuel, Ghana sells fuel at the cheapest price. We have about 46 million litres of fuel (33mil for diesel and 13mil for petrol) at   Bolgatanga depot alone. In this delight we are again working to fight all fuel smugglers by using the tracking devices in tankers to save the situation"

Other dignitaries who joined him on the one day trip were , Ashanti/Brong-Ahafo Zonal Manager Mr Stephen Comnasha, Ag. Head, Administration Mohammed Abdul-Kudus, among others. 

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