The CEO of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has urged the citizenry to embrace the Cylinder Recirculation Model (CRM) policy to reduce the effects of gas explosions on people.
Hassan Tampuli said gas explosions in the country have disfigured many people who are living with its unfortunate effects.
“The deaths have been one too many and it is, therefore, important the situation is addressed, once and for all,” he told the traditional leaders in the Eastern region, Wednesday.
Speaking at a stakeholder engagement in Koforidua, said the “Authority will continue to engage the public on the CRM policy since a people's friendly policy is what his outfit is determined to roll out.”
The stakeholder engagement is an ongoing exercise by the NPA to galvanize public support for the policy.
It is also an opportunity for the Authority to educate consumers on the policy and seek their views which are to be incorporated into a final draft document, before the final implementation.
The NPA intends carrying out the pilot programme in Kade and Denkyembor all in the Eastern Region.
Mr Tampuli used the opportunity to dispel claims that the CRM policy will lead to job losses.
“There are no truths to those rumours and I challenge anyone with counter-argument, to come forward and discuss it with us,” he stated.
The NPA CEO could not hide his excitement with the progress the Authority is making on their campaign saying “Every region we go to a new idea emerges on how to better the policy and we are happy to take so much from here too.”
For his part, Nana Twumasi Dankwa, the Gyeasehene said the policy has come at a time when industry experts continue to explore ways of improving safety in the petroleum sector.
He called on residents in the Eastern region to embrace efforts by the NPA to implement the CRM policy which will to a large extent address safety in the discharge of gas products and create jobs.
Nana Dankwa advised the NPA to broaden the consultation to the community levels, so it can dispel claims being made by persons who are not ready to embrace the good of the policy.
Eastern Regional Minister, Eric Kwakye Darfour, who is also the MP for Nkwakwa, appealed to participants to accept the policy since it will help improve their health and safety.
He said it is not the intention of government to deploy a policy that will collapse jobs, and urged his constituents to give support to the energy policy.
Chief Executive of the Association of Oil Marketing Companies, Kwaku Agyeman Duah, said his outfit is in full support of the policy.