By William Sarpong
As part of measures to ensure safety at filling stations in the country, Mr. Hassan Tampuli, Chief Executive Officer of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has announced a ban on discharge of petroleum products from 6:00pm to 6:00am.
He disclosed this at the launch of the third edition of the Association of Oil Marketing Companies’ Safety Week held in Accra under the theme; “Leveraging Technology and Competence to Assure Safety at the Retail Outlet.”
He charged the general public to be vigilant and report any driver who would disobey the current directive of the NPA.
He indicated that his outfit is doing everything possible to phase out what he described as “Gawu Gawu filling stations” across the country but indicated the operation is starting in the Metropolitan, Municipal and District areas.
He commended Executives and Management of the Association of Oil Marketing Companies for the bold initiative to ensure safety in their work places and the country at large.
According to Mr. Tampuli, NPA over the past six months has witnessed zero petroleum accidents due to strong measures put in place and stated that his outfit would sanction any player in the petroleum industry who fails to abide by the safety regulations.
He pledged the NPA’s commitment to intensify its safety regime and entreated industry players to educate workers on safety.
Competency, he noted, is key in achieving safety and tasked the Oil Marketing Companies to train their drivers to handle petroleum products.
Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Oil Marketing Companies, Mr. Agyemang Dua said the Association has been able to adopt technology to minimize accidents at their work places.
He stated that using technology, they have adopted a system that prevents mobile phone calls from going through when at a filling station and a device that detects fire.
Some stakeholders who had the opportunity to speak noted that best practice is the most important aspect to be ensured at filling stations.
They indicated technology is a key tool to use in fighting fire at filling stations and urged for continued training for workers.