By Cecil Mensah
The National Petroleum Authority (NPA), the agency responsible for the regulation and distribution of petroleum products, has said that it’s stringent measures in safety, has ensured that Ghanaians enjoy the finest petroleum products in the West African sub-region.
This information came to the fore when the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of NPA, Mr Yaro Kassanbata, delivered a paper on safety at a forum organized by Cuts International, a civil society organization in consumer protection rights to mark the World Consumer Rights day on the topic: “It is time to pass the consumer protection law “in Accra.
Mr Kassanbata, spoke on the role regulatory agencies in the consumer protection and present at the forum were the representatives from the National Communication Authority (NCA), Public Utility Regulation Commission (PURC), Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) and Food and Drugs Board (FDA).
He said, the periodic unannounced visits to the various petrol dispensing stations have ensured product quality.
He said, the NPA was delivering a cutting edge product which makes it the first of its kind in the sub- region.
He noted that to ensure product quality, the agency experimented with colour, but because of the innovations for profit among dealers, some unscrupulous dealers mix diesel with petrol to arrive at the colour.
But the introduction of the unique identity for petroleum products, being delivered by the agency has resulted in some of these dealers being crushed out of the system he said.
And the NPA has rolled measures for pump stations which engage in fuel adulteration to be closed down and pay a fine.
He maintained NPA, has given a strong indication it would deal with the activities of the illegal fuel stations operators in the system.
According to NPA, it was aware a handful of pump stations a across the country still sell adulterated fuel.
He noted that there have instances that the NPA has caused pump stations which sell adulterated fuel to repair the vehicles of customers if the (pump station’s) actions come to the notice of the NPA.
He encouraged the members of the public to be mindful of where they purchase their fuel from.
He further admonished customers to make sure they are supplied with what they intend purchasing before leaving the pump station.
He said in view of this, that NPA asked the pump station operators to display their prices at place that can be seen by all customers.
He said pump station operators which fail to do so, are periodically sanctioned and fined.
In a remark, the Chairman of the occasion, Justice Samuel Kofi Date -Bah said Ghana has the capacity to build a vibrant consumer regime.