NPA will deal with adulterated fuel issues, others-Mustapha Hamid



The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Dr Mustapha Abdul Hamid says his outfit was determined to deal with issues regarding fuel adulteration in the downstream chain of activities.

He noted that the recent incident regarding the sale of adulterated fuel at the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation plant at Kaase was being investigated to identify the issues and punish those behind same.

Addressing the media in Kumasi after touring 5 regions in what he described as a familiarisation tour of facilities and state installations under the supersion of NPA, Dr Hamid said his outfit was clear of its mandate.

He noted that the NPA was committed to ensuring that customers and the Ghanaian people get the best of Petroleum products from fuel pump stations across the country.

“Having had the marching orders straight from the President, we at NPA are committed to doing our best to resolve and tackle all issues at the downstream business”, the CEO posited.

Dr Hamid flanked by all sector heads at NPA from Accra and in Kumasi also assured the media that issues of fuel siphoning would be addressed head on.

He said his outfit during the tour has met with tanker drivers as well as operators of fuel stations to discuss the need for them to put a stop to the menace if they are involved.

Dr Hamid stressed that the unfortunate practice would be clamped down and ensure that no one in the Petroleum supply chain cheats the system.

“Stiffer punishment including a total ban would be put on persons and outfits who will be seen to have siphoned fuel and this would help sanitise the system of the unfortunate trend”,Dr Hamid intimated.

The NPA boss said the much talked about cylinder recirculation project has been stalled because of some challenges the pilot processes uncovered.

According to him, there are shortage of cylinders to carry out such a project, though a laudable concept.

He said for the NPA to effectively carry out this project, his outfit, should have at least two or three times cylinders currently available in the country.

This, he said would allow patrons who have gas cylinders but lack stock to take home for use when they bring theirs to the re-filling point.

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