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NPFC stops premix supply to some OMCs

Authorities have stated that Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) found culpable in the diversion of premix fuel will face serious sanctions.

A joint statement by the Ministries of Energy & Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, National Petroleum Authority (NPA) and National Premix Fuel Committee (NPFC) said the “NPFC will cease supply to the suspected OMCs” as investigations continue.

Furthermore “those found culpable will be brought to book” after the committee tasked to probe the development submits its report.

It recently emerged that over 200 trucks of premix were diverted.

According to reports, in January 2017 about 148,000 litres of premix were diverted. In February, 54,000 liters; April, 297,000 litres; May 364,000 litres; June, 270,000; July, 459,000 litres; August, 648,000 litres and October, 1,107,000 litres.

Below is the full details of the joint statement:

PRESS RELEASE

The Ministries of Energy & Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, National Petroleum Authority (NPA) and National Premix Fuel Committee (NPFC) wish to inform the general public that we have been following with keen interest various media reports on the issue of the diversion of premix fuel.

We wish to note that preliminary checks have revealed that the perpetrators are made up of some Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs), Landing Beach Committees and Transporters. The perpetrators, after loading the premix fuel from Tema Oil Refinery, do not deliver the products to the desired destinations.

We wish to assure the general public that the Ministries of Energy & Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, National Petroleum Authority and the National Premix Fuel Committee are taking pragmatic steps to curtail such acts. Hence at a meeting held on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, it was agreed that the following actions should be taken;

1. All premix fuel outlets must be reviewed and those that do not meet the requirements closed down:
2. Supply of premix fuel to the lake region will be restricted to the various ports (market centres);
3. There must be an improved collaboration between the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, National Petroleum Authority and the National Premix Fuel Committee;
4. Going forward, increased and wider stakeholder consultation will be employed in a bid to reform the premix sector;
5. The NPFC will cease supply to the suspected OMCs: and
6. The NPA and NPFC will continue with investigations and those found culpable will be brought to book;

The Ministries of Energy & Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, National Petroleum Authority (NPA) and National Premix Fuel Committee express their gratitude to the public for their patience and understanding

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