The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers-Ghana (COPECGH) has called on the security services to beef up security at fuel stations to prevent attacks on them during the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections.
According to COPECGH, their intelligence in the run-up to the polls point to a strong possibility of some isolated electoral violence in the period before, during, and after the elections which, if left uncontrolled, could potentially escalate into a full-blown disaster.
COPECGH noted that it had evidence of a possibility of a rejection of the forthcoming electoral results by any of the contesting political parties, which could potentially be accompanied by violence.
In view of this, “The Chamber is calling on the security agencies to put in place every necessary contingency measure to extend the needed protection to the various fuel stations across the country, as available evidence point to potential attacks and explosions at some of these fuel stations in the period immediately after the elections.”
“We have every confidence in the ability of the security agencies to forestall and prevent any unfortunate attacks on lives and property across the country and will be happy further protection is extended to the various fuel stations in the period immediately after the elections.”
COPECGH has, therefore, advised all fuel station attendants and the general public to report any suspicious characters in and around the various fuel stations whose actions could pose a danger to the unsuspecting public.
Meanwhile, COPECGH is also demanding a reduction in fuel prices.
The Chamber added in a statement: “At a time when OPEC has announced significant cuts to daily oil production and the subsequent attendant increases in world oil prices, the Ghanaian remains at the tipping end in the event world prices continue to increase as the local pumps will certainly respond under a deregulated pricing regime.
“We continue to demand for a downward revision of fuel prices from any future governments in the strenuous pursuit of our core objective of insisting on fairness for all and sundry as far as petroleum issues are concerned.
“We will stop at nothing in demanding for same from whichever government that Ghanaians elect come December 7. It is our hope and fervent expectation that all future governments will work assiduously to maintain or further ensure reductions in fuel prices to the benefit of the ordinary man and general living conditions of all.
“We commend the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) and the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) in their efforts at ensuring quality products for the Ghanaian market and anxiously waiting for the start of the implementation of the low sulphur standards for the country as was announced some few weeks ago.”