82% of LPG stations in Central Region identified as high risk – Minister
About 82.7 percent of 81 Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) stations in the central region have been labelled as high-risk by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), according to the Central Regional Minister, Mr. Kwamena Duncan.
The National Petroleum Authority, according to the Central Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan, has labelled about 82.7 percent of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) stations in the region as high-risk.
The Minister said per information available to him, a risk assessment exercise of all LPG retail outlets across the region revealed that 67 out of 81 were found to pose high-risk to lives and property in the region.
He made these remarks at a town hall meeting organised by the NPA on the Cylinder Recirculation Model (CRM) of LPG distribution in Cape Coast in the Central Region on Tuesday.
The event dubbed; “CRM: creating more jobs, securing our future” was part of a nationwide exercise to engage the public on the policy.
The forum is also aimed and gathering views of the public towards the successful implementation of the policy which is geared towards addressing the needs of the consumer.
He said per assurances given, all the high-risk stations would have their retail outlets converted into cylinder distribution centres under the CRM “while the low-risk stations will be considered as autogas refilling only.”
Mr Duncan assured that government was mindful of the local content law which “stipulates that a venture like this should be fully reserved for Ghanaian equity participation; non-Ghanaians will not be allowed to operate under the model.”
The President of Central Regional House of Chiefs and Omanhene of Gomoa Ajumako Traditional Area, Obrempong Nyanful Krampah XII called on the populace to support the new policy and assured of the Chief’s continuous support to see to its full implementation.