NPA reduces contaminated fuels from 32% to 2.5%
Thanks to the strict measures put in place, the failure rate of retail outlets has dropped significantly from 32% in 2013 to 2.51% in August 2021, said the chief executive of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA). , Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, said.
Among the key strategies adopted are the revision of operating procedures in the import, export and production of fuels by petroleum service providers (PSP) and the introduction of the Petroleum Product Marking System (PPMS) and Bulk Road Vehicle (BRV) Tracking System to ensure products are adulteration free and meet required specifications throughout the supply chain.
“We are on the verge of eliminating these 2.51% of culprits who still deceive oil consumers. That is why we are here today to tell consumers to report to the NPA whenever they suspect the purchase of contaminated fuel. There are laws that provide for punitive sanctions such as fines, jail time or both for those who commit these fuel quality crimes, ”he said.
Dr Abdul-Hamid was addressing stakeholders at this year’s Consumer Week celebration, held under the theme “Adulterated Fuels: A Threat to Consumers and the Economy,” at Ho in the Volta region.
Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid reported that oil service providers who engage in fuel adulteration deprive consumers of value for money at retail outlets and also cause damage to vehicle engines and machines.
According to him, adulteration of fuel increases the emission of harmful compounds such as carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds that affect air quality and the environment.
The NPA boss said the effects greatly affect the health of the workforce, damage a fuel retailer’s brand reputation and cost the government millions of cedis in revenue each year.
He asserted that the downstream petroleum industry has always strived to strike the right balance between industry players who are petroleum service providers and consumers.
Dr Abdul-Hamid pointed out that, as the industry wants profitability, the consumer wants value for money, so neither of them should happen at the expense of the other.
“It is for this reason that the regulator (NPA) was created to innovate and adopt strategies to ensure that the industry remains efficient and profitable, but at the same time that consumers get their money’s worth,” a- he declared.
He stressed, however, that fuel adulteration is a global problem and in Ghana it has been a challenge for both industry and regulators.
According to the chief executive, in order to tackle the problem of the adulteration of petroleum products, innovative strategies have been adopted, mainly aimed at improving the quality of petroleum products to ensure that the fuel supplied to the points of final distribution is of good quality specification for consumers. .
He said: “Among the key strategies are the revision of operating procedures in the import, export and production of fuels by petroleum service providers (PSP) and the introduction of the petroleum product marking system. (PPMS) and bulk road vehicle monitoring (BRV). system to ensure that products are adulteration free and meet required specifications throughout the supply chain.
Energy Minister Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, in a speech read on his behalf, urged consumers of petroleum products to refrain from buying from table vendors.
“And to our drivers here who like to buy fuel from our table dealers; what is known to be gao-gao, in this municipality probably because it is cheaper than what is sold at the gas station, please note that you damage your car engines instead and you will spend more to fix your cars at the mechanic only to buy quality products from service stations, ”he warned.
Volta Regional Minister Dr Archibald Yao Letsa said the effects of bad fuels are many and contaminated fuels cause engines to malfunction and come at additional cost to the consumer for restoring damaged engines.
Such fuels, he said, also generate toxic fumes which pollute the air and are harmful to human health.
He said the establishment of such a program to stem the trend is good news.
He also said that a section of the oil industry that engages in adulteration is deceiving consumers about what they pay, damaging a fuel retailer’s brand reputation and costing the government millions of dollars. cedis of income each year.
He encouraged all stakeholders not to see the theme as a unique duty of the NPA but rather to embrace it as a collective responsibility.
He instructed everyone to report any suspicion of contaminated fuel either at the pump or in their cars.
Dr Archibald Letsa also praised the NPA for creating a platform to exchange views and educate petroleum consumers on the use of petroleum products.
This Consumer Week is intended to be observed each year to raise awareness of the petroleum products used as well as to increase the knowledge of the consumer public on rights and duties.
NPA boss engages stakeholders in Koforidua
In a related development, Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid engaged stakeholders in the Eastern region to familiarize them with the operations of the organization.
The visit aimed, among other things, to get to know people and “understand their feelings so that we can develop and execute a vision that resonates with people within the organization”.
This is his first visit to the eastern region as chief executive of the NPA.
During his interaction with the media, he revealed that the organization had embarked on consultations with stakeholders, including a visit to LPG, OMCs, marketing associations, drivers and tanker owners, civil society organizations and others.
According to him, the aforementioned industries are quite large, and one huge industry to think about is one that contributes 6% of GDP and billions of cedis to Ghana’s development effort – oil and gas.
He said it was as a result of this that the NPA leadership embarked on consultations with stakeholders over the past four months, and pledged to do more.
Dr Abdul-Hamid added that as part of learning the knowledge of different organizations, they have already had management retreats as part of the execution of their mandate.
He said in order to prevent people from violating the NPA rules, they will hire the various security agencies to help get rid of this problem.
He said they are determined to strengthen their relationships with stakeholders to help them do the kind of work they intend to do.
The visit also brought the CEO to the Eastern Regional Police Command at Regional Police Headquarters, Galloway, where he discussed with the Chief of Security on matters of cooperation between the NPA and the Ghana Police Service. – in terms of security for industry players and help in the fight against fuel diversion, smuggling and other related irregularities that may arise in the course of doing business.
Reacting to fuel prices in the country, he said: “We have done what is within our mandate by law, which is to say we have appealed to the president – and being the sensitive president who ‘It is, he agreed that the stabilization of prices and the recovery levy be suspended for two months. The aim of this suspension is to stabilize prices.
“I’m sure you know what the world situation is with regard to oil prices, everything is going up in the international market; and therefore, to that extent, we believed that this price stabilization and recovery tax had been created specifically for this purpose.
“So we did our part and we were hoping that in the November window we weren’t seeing astronomical jumps at the pump; which will mean for me that price stabilization and the elimination of the recovery are working because prices have not jumped “
However, Dr Hamid insisted that the NPA’s strategy is working, having succeeded in stabilizing the price of fuel.
After interactions with the media, he also visited some of the gas stations in Koforidua to check on the work being done on the ground.