It is clear that the ongoing strike action embarked by private operators of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) will not be called off any soon owing to the fact that initiators of the move have named it an indefinite strike.
The strike action, which took effect from August 19, 2019 and currently replicated across the country, is a display of protest against the decision by National Petroleum Authority (NPA) Chief Executive, Mr. Hassan Tampuli, to effect the piloting of the Cylinder Recirculation Model (CRM) policy in Obuasi of the Ashanti region.
Apart from private gas filling stations, which have currently been halted in their operations, fresh information received from the leadership of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Operators Association (GLiPGOA) is that drivers of heavy duty tanker who transport LPG from TOR to various gas stations across the currently have also hanged the ignition keys of the vehicles on the wallows to join the strike action.
Leadership of GLiPGOA, who spoke to 24NEWS, described Mr. Tampuli as a character who wants to seek his personal interest through the implementation of the CRM policy.
The Ashanti Regional Secretary for the group, Mr. Kofi Nyarko, alleged that Mr. Tampuli has decided to collapse their business, hence his refusal to engage private operators in a dialogue on the piloting of the CRM let alone to decide on a compensation agreement.
“The NPA Boss one time told us that he doesn’t deal with us except those of Oil Marketing Companies (OMC) and has been working through EPA and members of OMC who have been moving from one gas stations to another gas stations to harass us even to the extent of closing down some of our member gas stations all because his selfish interest,” he indicated.
“If you are not pursuing your selfish interest then why didn’t you select the Northern part of the country where LPG is very scarce for the piloting if you really want to heighten the usage of LPG in the country? Why Ashanti region,” he asked.
Executive member of GLiPGOA, Mr. Osei Tutu, also in a wild toned voice vowed that they will never allow NPA to impose the Cylinder Recirculation Model on them to the disadvantage of their business.
“If you want to practice your own CRM, that’s fine but there is no way you can force us to dance to your tune. Practice your CRM and we too will practice our system of operation” he said.
BY ENOCK AKONNOR//24NEWS.NEWS//GHANA