The chief executive officer of the Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors, has said Ghanaians should be prepared to pay more for fuel if they want "clean" fuel.
According to Senyo Hossi, it would cost consumers more if they want to be served with premium fuel at the pump. “If you want the premium diesel, fix it in your standard and pay for it,” he said in an interview with Joy FM.
Hossi’s comments come following a new report that said Ghana and other African countries were being sold dirty diesel that are toxic to human health and the environment.
According to the report by Public Eye, European companies including Vitol, Trafigura, Addax & Oryx and Lynx Energy; (who are shareholders in fuel retailers) sell diesel that would have been considered too dirty for Europe to African countries because of the level of sulphur in them.
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Although, the companies have not been accused of breaking any laws, they have been criticised for taking advantage of weak regulation in the African countries the report survey.
The diesel sold to Africa are cheaper but the level of sulphur in them contribute to air pollution which in turn can cause heart and respiratory diseases. The dirty fuel also continues to the frequent break down of cars.