National Petroleum Authority outdoors premix retail outlet

By
Jesse Owusu Ampah, GNA

Accra, December 3,
GNA – The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) in collaboration with the Ghana
Oil Company Limited (GOIL) has outdoored a standard premix retail outlet at
Winneba in the Central Region.

The Winneba Outlet
is the sixth of its kind, to be commissioned by the the NPA. The other five
have been sited at beach landing sites in the Greater Accra and Volta regions.

Mr John Peter Amewu,
the Minister of Energy, who was the Guest Speaker, said the retail outlet would
bring convenience to the fisher-folks who hitherto had challenges accessing
premix fuel.

It would also
lighten their trading financial burden trade and enable them to access fuel
directly from the outlet without any middlemen.

The Minister said
this would discourage the practice of diversion and ensure an efficient and
equitable distribution of premix fuel to fisher folks and also reverse the
perennial challenge of shortages.

Mr Amewu, however,
said the subsidy on premix fuel was now 63% of the full price, up from the 43%
in January 2017.

The Government from
2017 to May 2019, had spent GH¢373.9 million to cushion fishermen.

“A total of
GH¢137.5 million was spent in 2017, while GH¢160.8 million was spent in 2018,”
the Minister said.

“This amount is
projected to rise to about GH¢206 million in 2019.

“A total of
GH¢134,604,110 million has been accumulated from January -September 2019″.

Mr Alhassan S.
Tampuli, the CEO of the NPA, said the construction of the premix retail outlets
demonstrated their commitment to improving standards and safety in the
petroleum downstream industry.

The facility follows
the first prototype premix retail outlet constructed by the NPA in 2013 at
Brawire, near Axim.

The menace of
diversion and hoarding associated with premix fuel distribution had reduced, he
said, adding that, the fuel was now adequately available to fisher folks at
affordable prices.

“The drastic
reduction is attributed to programmes and policies rolled out by the NPA in
collaboration with National Premix Fuel Secretariat to monitor the distribution
of premix fuel to ensure that the subsidised premix fuel gets to the fisher
folks,” he said.

Mr Osei-Kwame
Prempeh, Group CEO of GOIL, said he was happy that the NPA nominated the
state-owned Oil Marketing Company, GOIL, to spearhead the construction and
operation of the outlets.

“It is our
expectation that these retail outlets will serve the purpose for which they
were constructed to ensure safe distribution and handling of premix at the
respective landing beaches,” he said.

He advised the
fishermen to employ in safety practices when dealing with the fuel.

GOIL, he said, would
ensure that the fishermen had adequate premix fuel for their fishing.

Neeyin Mber, Chief
Fisherman of Winneba, who spoke on behalf of fishermen in the area, thanked the
NPA and the Government for the premix retail outlet on their land.

He said they would
patronise it to make their operations successful.

The event was chaired
by Mr John B. Ninson, the Municipal Chief Executive of Effutu District. It was
attended by members of the fishing community and some residents of Winneba.

GNA

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