The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has announced that the implementation of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Recirculation Model will be a conduit for massive job creation in the country.
According to the Chief Executive of the Authority, Mr. Alhassan Tampuli, there would be no job loses as perceived; rather, over 4000 jobs will be added to the already existing jobs in the LPG sector.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ engagement forum held in Accra, on Friday, Mr. Tampuli said, “We envisage that at the end of this exercise, we would be able to add not less than 4500 jobs to the job market.”
He continued: “There will be a number of indirect jobs created for installations, maintenance, fabrication and other services. New investment opportunities such as bottling companies, bottle transportation, manufacturing of cylinders and cylinder redistributors will also be available for grabs.”
The NPA boss was emphatic that the policy would be fully rolled out and assured stakeholders there will be no backing out.
Increase in LPG production
With the implementation of the policy, the NPA further foresees a substantial increase in the country’s LPG supply by 25% within a 10-year span.
“The relevant licenses will be issued and safety protocols will be keenly observed to ensure the safety of the good people of Ghana, while increasing access to LPG for domestic commercial and industrial use from the current 25% level 50% level by 2030,” Mr. Tampuli indicated.
Speaking at the forum, Deputy Minister for energy, Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam said the first LPG bottling plant will begin operation by end of the year adding that “safety remains a major component in the policy.”
He said, “We can’t ignore the issues of safety, health and security of the public, hence the need to put structures in place to ensure that systems guide the process going forward.”
The Second Lady of the Republic, Her Excellency Samira Bawumia also called for support and partnership with the NPA to implement policy. On her part, the use of LPG products should not and must result in the loss of lives.
“No woman, no child no family should lose a loved one because of the usage of LPG in cooking. LPG is a friend not an enemy when used properly,” she said.
Government through the NPA has been engaging with various stakeholders to solicit their thoughts on the appropriate ways roll out the policy.
So far, the NPA has engaged with the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu, Members of the Council of State, residents of Nima, Suyani, Koforidua as well as members of the media.