Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, NPA Boss

Government has lifted the ban on the construction of new Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) stations in the country.

A statement issued by the Chief Executive of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid and addressed to the LPG Marketers Association of Ghana, said cabinet lifted the ban following consultation with stakeholders.

“We are pleased to inform you that Cabinet at its 35th Sitting, held on August 3rd 2022, has granted a special dispensation to allow the completion of the construction of stranded LPG stations across the country, that were affected by the ban on the construction and operation of new LPG facilities in 2017.

“We are therefore by a copy of this letter, requesting all OMCs/ LPGMCs who were affected by

this directive to resubmit their applications to the Authority. Please be advised accordingly”, the statement concluded.

There had been a strike action by Gas tanker drivers and LPG Marketing Companies, which has led to the scarcity of gas for domestic and commercial use across the country.

Apart from their poor working conditions, the two group also cited the ban on the construction of gas stations across the country as a major reason for their strike.

They threatened not to return to work until their grievances were addressed.

LPG Marketers Call Off Strike

Meanwhile, the LPG Marketers Association have called off its strike following government’s decision

Chairman of the Association, Mallam Bukari Amadu in a statement issued yesterday said, “We, the LPG Marketing Companies Association of Ghana, welcome government’s decision to lift the ban on the construction of LPG retail outlets across the country.

“We are by this statement calling off the industrial action commenced on Monday August 1, 2022, with immediate effect”.

The Association commended the good people of Ghana for their tremendous support.

“We also wish to thank the President, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, the Minister of Energy and the Chief Executive of NPA for reversing a decision that has cost us the lives of some of our members and millions of cedis.

“This resolution is without prejudice to our concerns about NPA’s communication on the

lifting of the ban as we are particularly worried about the lack of details in the statement.

“It is our earnest expectation that the Ministry of Energy and the NPA will bring all other regulatory bodies on board to ensure the smooth implementation of this directive from Cabinet”, the statement added.

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