The Gas Tanker Drivers Association of Ghana is calling on the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) to review the intended implementation of the Cylinder Recirculation Model (CRM).
According to the association the piloting of the model in Kade and Obuasi months ago failed and thus there is the need to find other alternatives.
Addressing the media at a press conference in Tema to presents their grievances on the project and other issues, they stated that they wish to call on the National Petroleum Authority to stall the unnecessary dissipation of public funds, by putting a complete halt on the launches of extra cylinder recirculation pilots, since they are already launched pilots in Kade and Obuasi, six months ago, which completely failed.
Chairman for the Gas Tanker Drivers Association, Mr Shafiu Mohammed, revealed that NPA should rather focus on fixing the numerous problems associated with the ongoing pilot projects.
“we are calling on the NPA to rather concentrate on solving the basic problems associated with the ongoing projects”
They entreated the NPA to swiftly lift the embargo it has placed on opening of new gas filling stations after the Atomic Junction gas explosion two years ago explaining that the ban had put a halt on the wider penetration of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in the country.
“The embargo is creating unemployment for us as drivers of LPG tankers. This is due to the availability of stations to receive LPG products increases our employability and working times”.
He further added that, it is prudent for measures to be put in place to ensure safety of both the public and vendors of gas under the current model instead of replacing it with the recirculation explaining that currently everyone could buy or top up their cylinders with the quantity they could afford, a privilege which would be lost under the new model.
They added that there were several stations which were at various stages of development at the time the NPA imposed the ban leading to hardship on investors which has had a rippling effect on their working conditions.
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