Cylinder Recirculation Model will make LPG accessible – NPA Boss

Mustapha Abdul-Hamid

Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), has said the implementation of the Cylinder Recirculation Model (CRM) policy will improve safety in the distribution of LPG and bring it closer to the people. 

He said the policy would also remove barriers in the distribution of LPG and make it more efficient and less costly in the delivery of LPG to homes.

Dr. Abdul-Hamid made the remarks in a speech read on his behalf by Dr. Joseph Wilson, Director of Research Monitoring and Evaluation of the NPA at a consumer sensitization programme on the (CRM) held at the Catholic Social Centre in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.

The programme, chaired by the Upper East Regional Chairman of GPRTU, Mr Fatau Atinga, brought together key stakeholders and experts to share valuable insights.

The Director of Gas at the NPA, Mrs. Akua Ntiwaa Kwakye, who gave the welcome address, set the tone for the event by highlighting the significance of the LPG industry in Ghana.

In a presentation on CRM, the Head of Gas, Commercial Regulation Department of the NPA, Mr. Obed Kraine, gave a comprehensive insights into CRM and shed more light on the policy and how it would to be run.

Participants inquired about the assurance of receiving the exact amount of gas they paid for when exchanging their cylinders. Mr. Kraine said, ‘The CRM policy includes robust measures to ensure transparency and accuracy in the exchange process. Cylinder exchange points will have mechanisms in place to verify the weight of the cylinders, preventing any discrepancies and ensuring that consumers receive the full value of their purchase’.

Again, concerns were raised about potential unemployment due to the implementation of CRM but Mr. Kraine debunked that assertion by saying, it was important to note that the transition to the CRM model aimed at creating new job opportunities in the LPG value chain.

“Additional personnel will be required for cylinder distribution, maintenance, and related services.”

On safety measures, the Ghana National Fire Service conducted a demonstration, showcasing the appropriate actions to take in the event of an LPG-related incident.

Participants were provided with crucial safety tips to ensure the safe handling and usage of LPG.

Source: GNA

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