• Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

Gas tanker drivers announce a site down strike to protest ban on construction of new LPG stations

The Gas Tanker Drivers Association has called a sit-down strike for its members who transport LPG goods around the country, starting today, Friday, March 4, 2022.

According to the Association, the strike was prompted by a five-year prohibition on new LPG retail terminals to allow for a thorough examination of all LPG stores across the country.

According to the group, this circumstance has impacted their compensation and other working conditions.

Chairman of the Ghana National Petroleum Tanker Drivers Association, George Nyaunu, told the media that the strike would continue until the government addressed their complaints.

“It’s really hard for LPG owners to borrow money from banks and other sources to establish a business like that, only for NPA to impose a five-year embargo on it.” So, obviously, it isn’t the best. It is not generating employment opportunities for the kids. As a result, we’re pleading with the authorities. They should just lift the prohibition on gas stations so that they can at least stay in business.”

The strike also occurs at a time when the LPG Marketers Association of Ghana is urging the government to eliminate levies on the product in order to relieve consumer pressure.

It comes on the heels of a recent 6% rise in the product’s price.

Following the 2017 atomic gas explosion, the government imposed a restriction on new LPG retail terminals to allow for a thorough examination of all LPG stores across the country.

Despite petitions by LPG marketers to the government and the National Petroleum Authority over the years, nothing has been done to lift the prohibition.

Shortly after the 2017 Atomic Junction Gas disaster, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo directed the implementation of the Cylinder Recirculation Module.

This meant that gas cylinders would no longer be filled at gas stations, but would instead be purchased from distributors who had previously filled them when they ran out.

Apart from employment losses, the Ghana LPG Operators Association has often claimed that sufficient stakeholder discussions were not conducted because they were not involved in the policy development.

CRM to help people find work

Meanwhile, the National Petroleum Authority has stated that the Cylinder Recirculation Model will create at least 4500 employment across the country, in response to gas companies’ worries.

Hassan Tampuli, the NPA’s then-CEO, predicted that when the module was completely implemented, it would create jobs for distributors and merchants at the various bottling plants.

Despite the fact that over 20 companies sought for the permits, only two have been granted permission to build and operate LPG bottling operations in various parts of the country.

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