The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has revealed that, 82% Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) stations in the Central Region are dangerous to properties and the lives of individuals.
According to the NPA, 67 out of the 81 LPG stations in the region have been found to be exposed to a high level of danger to lives and property. The figure came out after a risk assessment exercise of all LPG retail outlets across the region.
This disclosure was made at a town hall meeting organised by the NPA on the Cylinder Recirculation Model (CRM) of LPG distribution in Cape Coast, the region’s capital on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, by the Regional Minister, Mr. Kwamena Duncan.
Speaking at the event, dubbed, ‘CRM: creating more jobs, securing our future’ he expressed that, per assurances given, all the high-risk stations would have their retail outlets converted into cylinder distribution centers under the CRM “while the low-risk stations will be considered as auto-gas refilling only.”
The Central Regional Minister also uttered these words, “The CRM revolves around you the LPG marketers and distributors; so, when we hear concerns about job-losses, obviously, the facts do not support that conclusion.”
Mr. Duncan also assured that, government is mindful of the local content law which “stipulates that a venture like this should be fully reserved for Ghanaian equity participation; non-Ghanaians will not be allowed to operate under the model.”
Addressing the participants, Mr. Samuel Asare Bediako, Coordinator of Unified Petroleum Price Fund at NPA who represented the Chief Executive, reiterated over 4,500 direct jobs would be created when the CRM takes off.
He intimated that, the CRM is to ensure safety and good environmental practices in the production, marketing and consumption LPG and “ensure the sustainability of supply and local content and participation in the LPG sub-sector in compliance with the Downstream Local Content Policy.”
On his part, President of Central Regional House of Chiefs and Omanhene of Gomoa Ajumako Traditional Area, Obrempong Nyanful Krampah XII, called on the populace to support the new policy and assured the Chief’s in the region continuous support to see to its full implementation.
The town hall meeting on the C was part of a nationwide exercise to engage members of the public about the policy.
The exercise is also aimed at getting the contributions of the public towards the successful implementation of the policy which is geared towards addressing the needs of the consumer.
Most importantly, the purpose of the CRM is aimed at providing direction for marketing and distribution of LPG in a safe and efficient manner, to facilitate an increase in access to LPG nationwide.
The Cylinder Recirculation Model involves filling of LPG cylinders at designated refilling plants before onward distribution to customers at retail outlets called exchange points.