NPA boss pays working visit to Upper East Region

The move was to afford the NPA boss to familiarise himself with the downstream sector of the industry

Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) chief executive officer, on Monday (8 February 2022), paid a working visit to the Upper East Region.

The visit was to afford the NPA CEO to familiarise himself with the downstream sector of the industry.

Dr Abdul-Hamid’s first visit was to the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST) depot in Bolgatanga where he engaged management and staff of the facility.

There, he tasked management to work assiduously to improve performances.

He said it was his wish that the BOST depot in Bolgatanga would become more vibrant so that it can distribute petroleum products to some of the Northern zones to offset the burden on the depot at Buipe.
He, however, noted there would be technical challenges which he stated management of the NPA was determined to work out.

Dr Abdul-Hamid commended the management of the BOST depot for running the facility professionally and adding more infrastructure to the facility.

He proceeded to the regional police command where he held deliberations with the regional police commander.

Top on the discussions was how the NPA and the police service could collaborate to end the smuggling of petroleum products and also prevent errant Oil Marketing Companies (OMC’s) from flouting the NPA standards of operations.

The NPA also sought the support of the police to ensure that Filing stations in the region observe its regulations.

Dr Abdul-Hamid and his team also paid a visit to the Upper East Regional Minister. There, they were received by the Regional coordinating director, Mahamadu Assibi Azonko.

Azonko, who was delighted to receive the NPA, assured them of the regional coordinating directorate’s full support for their operations in the region.

He took the opportunity to sell the rich culture of the Upper East Region and urged them to help promote the culture as they go about their work.

Dr Abdul-Hamid also used the opportunity to court the support of the directorate for the NPA and urged a closer working relationship among the two authorities.

His last stop was to Ghana’s border at Paga where it met with the leadership of the Ghana Immigration Service and the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Service.

Both the Immigration Service and Customs took the team from the NPA through their operations and showed them the demarcation of the Ghanaian border.

Dr Abdul-Hamid noted that the Customs and the Immigration services were important allies as far as the payment of taxes and ensuring that vehicles are properly documented and escorted outside Ghana’s borders respectively were concerned.

Dr Abdul-Hamid used the opportunity to call for a smooth working relationship between the two security services and the NPA.

He noted that a strong working relationship between the NPA and the two security services would help end the smuggling of petroleum products in and out of the country.

Senyalah Castro

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