The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has warned tanker truck owners that if their vehicles are involved in the diversion or tampering of petroleum products, they will be barred from transporting them.
Although a monitoring system is in place to keep an eye on such illicit acts, the NPA says it will implement real-time monitoring to keep a closer eye on the trend.
In January 2022, a tanker driver and a tricycle rider were siphoning fuel from a tanker when a fire broke out at Kaase in the Ashanti Region.
The fire spread through makeshift constructions used as dwellings by some squatters and damaged other houses as well.
Despite the fact that these issues are being probed, NPA Chief Executive Officer Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid said the Authority will punish tanker owners who break the law.
“The items are loaded using technology, but when tanker owners leave the BOST depot, instead of going straight to where they are meant to dump the product, they travel to particular unapproved yards and tamper with the seals of the Bulk Road Vehicles, siphoning fuel.” So now we have to undertake real-time monitoring, and if we detect a tanker truck deviating, we will phone the nearest police station to report it.”
Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid has stated that his primary goal is to guarantee that all actors in the petroleum downstream industry follow the laws and regulations.
That, he believes, is the best way for the sector to fulfill its goals while ensuring that players reap the full rewards of the market.
One of the primary difficulties affecting the petroleum business is illicit activity, which is carried out mostly through depots in Tema and Takoradi.
A network of black marketers and border officers is claimed to be behind the practice.
According to the National Petroleum Authority, Ghana lost $200 million in both 2016 and 2017 as a result of petroleum smuggling into the country.
The Authority has previously arrested people accused of being part of a cartel smuggling petroleum products in cooperation with National Security and the Ghana Armed Forces.