- All marketers and distributors of LPG have shut down their filling stations nationwide
- The move is to ensure they meet all safety regulations by the NPA
From today, October 18, it would be very difficult for you to get your empty gas cylinder filled.
This comes after a decision by the LPG Marketing Companies Association of Ghana to close down services to consumers of LPG as they find best ways of tackling the issues of gas safety in the country.
So far, it remains unclear whether this move is a deliberate one to frustrate the supply of gas, considering that the LPG Marketers have vehemently kicked against government’s approach towards ensuring safety in the sector following the Atomic Junction explosion.
Since the recent gas explosion at the Atomic Junction in Accra, government has resolved to introducing a gas re-circulation model which will see consumers exchange their empty cylinders for filled ones at specific filling points.
Vice chairman of the association has revealed that this move by members of the group is strictly aimed at ensuring that they stick to the new requirements for the petroleum and gas stations.
According to Gabriel Kumi, this move was made in the best interest of the general public.
“The authorities are moving around the whole country, closing down operations, and we feel that it is not fair and we want to do an introspection so we decided that we should shut down operations across the country and form a task-force to make sure all our operations are up to the standard. We don’t want to be sitting down there for authorities to be coming down in a rambo style to be shutting down operations. We feel we want to help them. We are not on strike,” he stated.
Meanwhile, this decision by the operators of LPG stations is expected to experience a huge rush for LPG especially when 95 percent of households in Accra are documented to be exclusively reliant on LPG.
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