The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has held a day’s sensitisation workshop for commercial drivers aimed at equipping them with the requisite knowledge on petroleum pricing and quality.
The event comes on the back of the recent continuous hike in petroleum prices on the global market due to the rippling effect of the Russia-Ukraine war.
Opening the forum, the Chief Executive Officer of the NPA Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid said the government has instituted a number of measures to ensure adequate supply of petroleum products on the market.
“I have seen video of mates actually in fisticuffs with passengers, you are upset about petroleum price increases and so on, all of those things came to our attention, and it is as result of a lack of knowledge on how we arrive at these petroleum prices,” he said.
“So that you understand that, petroleum prices don’t go up and down depending on the mood of President Akufo-Addo or they don’t go up and down depending on the mood of the Chief Executive of the National Petroleum Authority.”
“It is important for us all as Ghanaians to understand how all these come about, because now we all listen to radio and we can see that there is a worldwide crisis, there is crisis in Britain, there is crisis in America of all proportion, I am sure most of you are shocked that America is now airlifting baby food from Germany, ” he added.
The head of economic regulation at the National Petroleum Authority Abass Tasunti took the participants through the dynamics and what goes into petroleum pricing in Ghana.
Tasunti mentioned the recent reduction of fuel margins, collaboration with the oil marketing companies (OMCs) and intervention of the Bank of Ghana in the forex market have helped in a great deal to help cushion the situation.
Some participants described the forum as beneficial and enlightening.
“This meeting is an eye opener to us, we will go back and share the knowledge with our colleagues and return to further dialogue with the NPA,” one of the participants said.
They, however, called on the NPA to step up effort in dealing with adulterated fuel from some filling stations in the country.
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