Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) retail outlets in the Ashanti Region have hinted at the suspension of their operations on Monday, 7 May 2018.
The planned strike forms part of their actions to kick against the implementation of the Cylinder Recirculation Model (CRM).
President Nana Akufo-Addo, on the advice of Cabinet, on 12 October 2017, directed for the model to be implemented as part of measures to ensure that the nation does not experience any more gas explosions after public outcry greeted the massive explosion of an LPG filling station at Atomic Junction in Accra.
The model, if implemented, will ensure that LPG Bottling Plants are sited away from congested commercial and populated centres. The plants will also procure, brand, maintain and fill empty cylinders to be distributed to consumers and households through retail outlets.
Low-risk gas stations will be designated for the supply of gas to vehicles.
This, the Ghana LPG Operators Association (GLiPGOA) believes, will lead to job losses and other negative implications on their business.
Adehye FM’s Elisha Adarkwah reported that the Ashanti regional branch of the Association, held a meeting on Thursday, 3 May 2018, and reached a consensus to vent their anger and declare the planned action against the model’s implementation.
During the May Day celebration held at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi, GLiPGOA members displayed placards with inscriptions such as ‘Mr President, Don’t Rush CRM’, ‘Mr President, Ghanaians Are Not Ready For CRM’, ‘We Can’t Pay More For Gas Because Of CRM’, ‘CRM Will Well Our Gas Sovereignty To The White Man’.
Mr Philip Kanbanuori, an executive member of the Association said at the May Day celebration that the model will not help locals but inure to the benefit of foreigners. He said the model’s implementation will take jobs from the locals for the foreigners. He also noted that there will be a hike in the price of gas.
Mr Kanbanouri noted that the model will not bring any safety measures but will rather compromise and worsen the situation since LPG bottling plants are going to be installed.
He, therefore, called on government to allow them to operate.