Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has cut sod for work to begin on the construction of a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Bottling plant at Akyirim near Axim in the Nzema East Municipality of the Western Region.
Funding for the plant, to be sited on a 64-acre piece of land, is being provided by the Ghana Gas Company Limited.
It will become a unit of the Cylinder Recirculation Model being implemented by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA).
When completed by the end of 2021, the plant is expected to fill 2,400 cylinders per hour, with an average of 19,200 cylinders a day filled.
Addressing the chiefs and people of Lower Axim Traditional Council on Wednesday as part of his two-day tour of the Region, Vice President Bawumia said the NPP administration under President Nana Akufo-Addo is committed to fulfilling the developmental promises it made to the people of Ghana.
“In 2016, we promised the people of Lower Axim Traditional area a sea defence project, and this has been delivered. We promised a fishing harbour, and we have delivered. We promised roads, and apart from the ongoing Axim town roads, we are also constructing 109km of roads in the area.
“We have rehabilitated the Victoria Park as promised, and we have engaged with the network providers to expand coverage.
“Through the hard lobbying skills of your MP and NPP parliamentary candidate, Hon Catherine Afeku, you have one of only 10 multi-purpose sports stadia in the country.
“We promised jobs, and with the ongoing construction of the stadium and this LPG bottling plant, you can be sure of sustainable skilled and semi-skilled jobs now and when they are completed.”
Vice President Bawumia explained that government adopted the Cylinder Recirculation Model to make the use of LPG safer after a number of fatal gas explosions.
“The government of President Nana Akufo-Addo cares about the life of every Ghanaian, and we will continue to implement policies that will make life better for everyone,” he pledged.
The Cylinder Recirculation Model is to ensure at least 50 percent of Ghanaians have access to safe, clean and environmentally-friendly Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) by 2030, by streamlining the bottling and supply of LPG to households and businesses.