Private operators of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) are highly vexed against the decision taken by National Petroleum Authority (NPA) to effect the implementation of the Cylinder Recirculation Model (CRM).
Per information gathered by 24NEWS, the proposed piloting of CRM by NPA at Obuasi of Ashanti region may suffer a shipwreck as indigenous LPG operators have vowed to resist the move.
Dealers in a strongly worded notice have announced that they will mass up in their numbers at the various gas stations marked for the piloting especially Obuasi to stop NPA and for that matter government from commencing the piloting of CRM.
Addressing the media in Kumasi, executives and members of Ghana Liquified Petroleum Gas Operators Association (GLiPGOA) amidst a clinched fist warned the Chief Executive Officer of NPA, Mr. Hassan Tampuli, not to attempt using any of their member stations for the piloting since they will never tolerate that.
“We are warning Hassan Tampuli to stay away from any of our member gas stations. If he dares, he will see…He has drawn the battle line and we are ready to face him,” an enraged executive of GLiPGOA by name Osei Tutu disclosed to this paper on the sidelines.
According to the Ashanti regional secretary for the association, Mr Kofi Darko, officials of NPA never engaged players in any dialogue on the piloting let alone to reach a consensus.
After carefully observing how government through NPA wants to conduct the piloting and the rush to kick start the CRM, he suspect that authorities have hatched a deliberate ploy to kill their LPG business just in other to achieve their personal interest.
It has been mixed with the passing air that the UN government during the tenure of the out gone government allegedly dashed out an amount of $350 million for the promotion of LPG usage in the Ghana for the preservation of forest plant species.
The quoted amount as a way of achieving its intended purpose was to support operators of LPG stations to improve safety.
Premised on the foregoing which was never realised as rumored, the current government as a way demonstrating the utilisation of the money to donors has decided to resort to the piloting of the (CRM).
Despite government’s unwavering decision to introduce the policy, executives of GLiPGOA disclosed to 24NEWS that the CRM policy was practiced in Ghana in the 90’s but was later abandoned because it couldn’t address issues related to safety and penetration.
According to the group, the revisiting of the policy will definitely dwindle gas patronage and eventually kill the LPG market.
“Why the need to go backward? The regulator (NPA) has recommended safety measures to upgrade most LPG stations. Noting the good move, GLiPGOA has pushed operators to comply so we are neither interested in any piloting or CRM,” the group said.
BY ENOCK AKONNOR//24NEWS.NEWS//GHANA