The Chief Executive Officer of the National Petroleum Authority, NPA, Hassan Tampuli, says his outfit will not spare groups or individuals found to be engaging in illegal fuel trade.
Mr. Tampuli, speaking at the launch of the second phase of the Petroleum Product Marking Scheme said the Authority will be tough with its mandate to ensure that the transporting and selling of fuel are carried out lawfully.
He stated that there is the tendency for people to hide behind political parties to try and induce officials of the NPA to engage in illegal activities; a practice he said will not be countenanced.
He indicated that a petroleum products consumption statistics show that collaborative efforts by the NPA, National Security and other Security agencies had helped to drastically reduce the menace of supply leakages such as export dumping in the country.
Petroleum Product Marking Scheme
According to Mr. Tampuli, the fuel marker has been uniquely designed for the Ghanaian market with a chemical composition to aid in immediate equipment quantification and detection to enable the NPA to make swift decisions on whether retail outlets have dumped or adulterated the petroleum products being offered for sale.
He argued that an effective fuel quality management system ensures that the quality of petroleum products is constantly monitored by fuel quality tests and analysis to mitigate all potential effects of poor quality fuels and assure customers of improved quality of fuel and value for money.
Mr. Tampuli explained that the marker was a unique identifier, which aids in distinguishing the various types of petroleum products and exposes the addition of a foreign product if any.
“This is achieved by testing samples of petroleum products on a monthly basis at approximately 75 percent of retail outlets and bulk consumers across the country,” he added.