Gov't confirms premix diversion; threatens closure of some outlets

Gov't confirms premix diversion; threatens closure of some outlets
Source: Ghana|
Date: 06-12-2017 Time: 09:12:19:pm
Boakye Agyarko Energy Minister

Government has cited a syndicate made of oil marketing companies, landing beach committee members as well transporters it claims are behind the diversion of premix fuel.

A joint statement issued by the Ministries of Energy, Fisheries and Aquaculture as well the National Petroleum Authority, Thursday, stated the syndicate after loading the premix fuel from the Tema Oil Refinery fail to deliver the products to the desired destination.

Over 200 cases of premix diversions have been recorded this year alone, costing the nation over 22 million cedis. The phenomenon which was rife in 2005 appear to rear its ugly head with the change in government.

It was prevalent under the John Mahama led National Democratic Congress government and does not see any sign of abatement under president Nana Akufo-Addo either.

The Minority in Parliament is demanding the arrest of the members of the landing beach committee who are said to have signed for the products but have nothing to show for it.

The Ranking Member on the Mines and Energy Committee Adams Mutawakilu says the arrest of the committee members will be the first point in getting to the bottom of the diversion.

He was however convinced government is covering up the rot and is refusing to prosecute the syndicate involved in the diversion.

But the government has confirmed the diversions, stating its preliminary checks have revealed the perpetrators do not deliver to the appropriate destinations after loading.

It however failed to name the OMCs and the other syndicate involved.

In the statement the government outlined a number of steps including the closing down of premix outlets it believes do not meet requirement.

“The supply of premix fuel to the lake region will be restricted to the various ports,” the statement said.

Attached is the full statement.

                                                                     PRESS  RELEASE
The Ministries of Energy & Fisheries and Aquaculture Development,   National Petroleum Authority (NPA) and National Premix Fuel Committee (NPFC) wish  to inform the general  public that we have been following with keen interest various media reports on the issue of the diversion of premix fuel.

We  wish  to  note that  preliminary  checks  have  revealed  that  the  perpetrators  are made up of some Oil  Marketing  Companies  (OMCs),  Landing  Beach Committees and  Transporters.  The perpetrators, after  loading  the  premix fuel  from  Tema  Oil Refinery, do not deliver the products to the desired destinations.

We wish to assure the general  public that the Ministries of Energy & Fisheries and Aquaculture  Development,  National  Petroleum  Authority  and  the  National  Premix Fuel Committee are taking pragmatic steps to curtail such acts. Hence at a meeting held on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, it was agreed  that the following  actions should be taken: 

1.  All  premix  fuel  outlets  must  be  reviewed  and those  that  do  not  meet  the requirements closed down. 
2.  Supply of premix fuel to the lake region will be restricted to the various ports (market centres) 
3.  There  must  be an  improved  collaboration  between  the  Ministry  of  Energy, Ministry   of  Fisheries   and  Aquaculture   Development,   National   Petroleum Authority and the National Premix Fuel Committee;
4.  Going forward, increased and wider stakeholder consultation will be employed in a bid to reform the premix sector;
5.  The NPFC will cease supply to the suspected OMCs; and
6.  The NPA and NPFC will continue with investigations and those found culpable will be brought to book;
The Ministries   of   Energy   &    Fisheries   and  Aquaculture   Development,   National Petroleum  Authority   (NPA)  and  National   Premix  Fuel  Committee   express  their gratitude to the public for their patience and understanding.


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