Gas stations across the country are planning to shutdown operation as Christmas looms.
The Ghana LPG Marketing Companies (LPGM) and its affiliates, according to the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, are planning to lay down their tools to register their protest over government’s decision to implement the cylinder recirculation policy.
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The policy was ordered following a series of gas and petrol station explosion that has claims many live in the last five years.
The Atomic Junction gas explosion in Accra triggered the President and his cabinet to order the National Petroleum Authority to implement the policy to avoid future gas explosions.
Vice President of LPGM, Mr. Gabby Kumi to the New Crusading Guide that although the LPG policy issues has been on the burner for sometime now the sector Ministry recently put in place an implementation committee to work on the policy.
According to him, the association pulled out of the committee’s deliberations, as they explained that their activities were inimical to their survival as an industry.
He accused government of bad faith after the implementation committee chairman by NPA boss, Hassan Tampuli, rejected their grivances.
Mr. Kumi noted that his group has written several letters to the Minister for Energy Mr. Boakye Agyarko, requesting a meeting but none of their letters has since been replied.Asked what the association intends to do next after the expiration of the ultimatum given the ministry he said, the group is considering all constitutional and legitimate means to press home their demands.
READ MORE: Toyota to recall 15,000 vehicles with faulty airbags in GhanaHe lamented the financial challenges facing the industry since the announcement of the implementation of the policy which would eventually get all of them out of business. “Banks are chasing us to recoup their facility. They are acting negatively to wards us.“This is an old industry and you have Ghanaians who have built this system over the years and you implement a policy without informing us. We are nowhere listed in the value chain. They are just out to collapse our business and nobody is ready to listen to us,” he cried out.