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NPA ASSISTS KORLE BU BREAST CANCER PATIENTS WITH GH¢100,000

The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has donated GH¢100,000 to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) for the treatment of breast cancer patients at the National Radiotherapy Oncology and Nuclear Medicine Centre.

Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, the Chief Executive Officer of NPA who presented the cheque said the donation formed part of NPA Ladies Association activities to mark October as breast cancer awareness month.

He said the Authority at the initial stage of the awareness creation of breast cancer invited experts from the National Radiotherapy Oncology and Nuclear Medicine Centre to educate its staff on breast and cervical cancer. 

He added that the NPA held breast screening and organized health walks for its staff across the regions to commemorate the breast cancer awareness month.

The NPA Boss pledged the Authority’s support to provide additional financial support to assist the centre to provide quality healthcare to the needy patients of breast cancer.

Dr. Verna Vanderpuje, Deputy Director, Consultant Oncologist of the Centre commended the NPA for the gesture and said this was the first time the Centre was receiving such huge cash donation to support treatment of patients at the centre.

She said it would go a long way to support treatment of patients and appealed for additional funding, which according to her, was very critical to helping patients to fully complete their treatment procedures.

Dr. Vanderpuje said because of the expensive nature of cancer treatment, most patients often abandoned their session midway and reappeared in the Hospital only when their situations had deteriorated beyond any intervention.

That often led to high mortality, she said, and appealed to private sector institutions and individuals to support the Centre to care for the growing number of needy patients.

NPA reduces contaminated fuels from 32% to 2.5%

As a result of the stringent measures instituted, the retail outlet failure rate has reduced drastically from 32% as at 2013 to 2.51% as at August, 2021,the Chief Executive of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid has said.

Among the key strategies adopted are the revision of operating procedures in the importation, exportation, and production of fuels by Petroleum Service Providers (PSPs) and the introduction of Petroleum Product Marking Scheme (PPMS) and Bulk Road Vehicle (BRV) tracking system to ensure that products are devoid of adulteration and meet the required specification along the supply chain.

“We are poised to wipe out these 2.51% culprits still cheating petroleum consumers. This is why we are here today, to tell consumers to report to the NPA anytime there is suspicion of the purchase of contaminated fuel. There are laws that provide punitive sanctions such as fines, imprisonment, or both for the perpetrators of these fuel quality crimes,” he said.

Dr. Abdul-Hamid was addressing stakeholders at this year’s Consumer Week Celebration which was held under the theme: “Adulterated Fuels: A menace to the consumer and the economy,” at Ho in the Volta Region.

Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid  indicated that petroleum service providers that indulge in fuel adulteration deprive consumers of value for money at the retail outlets  and also cause damage to engines of vehicles and machinery.

According to him, fuel adulteration increases emission of harmful compounds such like Carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds that affect air quality and the environment.

The NPA Boss said the effects go a long way to affect the health of the workforce, harms the reputation of a fuel retailer’s brand and cost government millions of Cedis in revenue each year.

He averred that, the petroleum downstream industry has always been about striking the right balance between the industry players which are petroleum service providers, and consumers.

Dr Abdul-Hamid pointed out that, in as much as the industry wants profitability, the consumer wants value for their money hence none of them must occur at the expense of the other.

“It is for this reason that the regulator (NPA) was established to innovate and adopt strategies to ensure that the industry remains efficient and profitable but at the same time consumers receive value for money,” he said.

He stressed however that, fuel adulteration is a global problem and in Ghana, it has been the challenge to both the industry and regulators.

According to the Chief Executive, in a bid to tackle the problem of petroleum product adulteration, innovative strategies have been adopted, primarily aimed at improving upon the quality of petroleum products to ensure fuel supplied at final dispensing outlets is of the right quality specification to consumers.

He said, “Among the key strategies are the revision of operating procedures in the importation, exportation, and production of fuels by petroleum service providers (PSPs) and the introduction of Petroleum Product Marking Scheme (PPMS) and Bulk Road Vehicle (BRV) tracking system to ensure that products are devoid of adulteration and meet the required specification along the supply chain.”

The Minister of Energy, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh in a speech read on his behalf urged consumers of petroleum products to desist from buying from tabletop sellers.

“And to our drivers here who like to buy fuel from our tabletop dealers; what is known to be gao-gao, in this Municipality probably because its cheaper than what’s sold at the filling station, please note that you are rather damaging your car engines and you will spend more to fix your cars at the mechanic shop than buying the quality products from the fuel stations,” he cautioned.

The Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa said the effects of bad fuels are many and that contaminated fuels cause engines to malfunction and come at extra cost to the consumer to restore damaged engines.

Such fuels, he said also generate toxic fumes that pollute the air and are harmful to the health of the people.

According to him, putting in place such programme to stem the trend is welcome news.

He also said that a section of the petroleum industry that indulges in adulteration cheats the consumer out of what they are paying for, harms the reputation of a fuel retailer’s brand and cost government millions of cedis in revenue each year.

He encouraged all stakeholders not to see the theme as a single duty of the NPA but rather embrace it as a collective responsibility.

He charged all to report any suspicion of contaminated fuel either at the pump or in their cars.

Dr. Archibald Letsa also commended NPA for creating a platform to exchange views and educate the petroleum consumer on petroleum products usage.

This Consumer Week is intended to be observed every year to educate the public on the petroleum products usage as well as increase the knowledge of the consuming public on the rights and responsibilities

NPA boss engages stakeholders in Koforidua

In a related development, Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, has engaged stakeholders in the Eastern Region to familiarise them with operations of the organisation.

The visit was to among others get to know the people and “understand their sentiments to be able to craft and execute a vision that resonates with people within the organisation”.

This is his first visit to the Eastern Region as Chief Executive officer of the NPA

During his interaction with the media, he disclosed the organisation has embarked on stakeholder consultations including a visit to the LPG, OMCs, Marketing Associations, Tanker Drivers and Owners, Civil Society Organisations and others.

According to him, the aforementioned industries are quite wide, and a huge industry to think about is one that contributes 6% of GDP and billions of cedis to Ghana’s development effort – oil and gas.

He said it is as a result of this that leadership of the NPA have embarked on stakeholder consultations in the past four months, and have promised to do more.

Dr. Abdul-Hamid added that as part of getting to know the various organisations, they have already had management retreats as they go about executing their mandate.

He said in the bid to prevent people from violating the rules of the NPA, they will engage the various security agencies to help get rid of that issue.

He affirmed they are determined to strengthen their stakeholder relations to help them do the kind of work they intend doing.

The visit also took the CEO to the Eastern Regional Police Command at the regional police headquarters, Galloway, where he discussed with the security chief issues of cooperation between the NPA and Ghana Police Service – in terms of providing security for industry players and helping in the fight against fuel diversion, smuggling and other related irregularities that may occur in the course of doing business.

Reacting to prices of fuel in the country, he said: “We have done what is within our remit per law, which is that we appealed to the president – and being the sensitive President that he is, he agreed that the price stabilisation and recovering levy be suspended for two months. The intended purpose of that suspension is so we can stabilise prices.

“I’m sure you know what the world situation is as far as petroleum prices are concerned, everything is going up on the international market; and so to that extent, we thought this price stabilisation and recovery levy was put there specifically for this purpose.

“So, we have done our bit and we were hopeful that in the November window we do not see astronomical jumps at the pump; which will mean to me that the price stabilisation and recovery removal is working because prices haven’t jumped”

However, Dr. Hamid insisted the NPA’s strategy is working, having been able to stabilise the price of fuel.

After the media interactions, he also toured some of the fuel stations of Koforidua to check work being done in the field.

 

 

RE: NPA REFUTES ATO FORSON's  ALLEGATION ON ILLEGAL REVENUE COLLECTION

The attention of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has been drawn to a statement made by the Hon. Member of Parliament for the Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam Constituency, Dr Cassiel Ato Forson, in which he accused the NPA of acting with impunity and engaging in an act of illegality by receiving revenues through the collection of the Unified Petroleum Price Fund (UPPF), BULK OIL Storage and Transportation (BOST) and Fuel Marking Margins.

The NPA wishes to state that its mandate to collect, charge or receive revenue with respect to the UPPF, BOST and Fuel Marking Margins is derived from the National Petroleum Authority (Prescribed Petroleum Pricing Formula), Regulations 2012, Legislative Instrument (LI) 2186, passed by the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana in July 2012.

In accordance with LI 2186, the UPPF, BOST and Fuel Marking Margins are Distribution Margins. The UPPF Margin is a margin incorporated in the price buildup of petroleum products to compensate transporters who move petroleum products from the depots to the retail outlets across the country and to ensure that we have equal pricing of petroleum products in the country irrespective of the geographical location.

The BOST Margin is a margin incorporated in the buildup of petroleum prices used to cover the cost of maintenance and operations of BOST depots across the nation and to undertake its expansion programmes of the depots (this margin is collected by BOST Co. Limited and not NPA).

The Fuel Marking Margin is also a margin incorporated into the price buildup of petroleum products to pay for the marking of the products to prevent tax revenue loss, smuggling and adulteration of petroleum products. We wish to emphasize that these margins are purely based on the cost of undertaking the prescribed activities and not for any other reason.

These margins were not just increased in 2021 but have been increased periodically since 2009 to this present time, due in part to the increases in the cost of operations in these activities over the time.

Regulations 9 to 13 of the LI 2186 determines how to review the prescribed petroleum pricing formula, which states that the pricing formula shall include these margins and the Authority shall indicate these margins to take care of the above intended costs accordingly.

It is without doubt that the absence of these margins in the price buildup would have hindered the achievement of the objectives for which these margins were introduced into the prescribed petroleum pricing formula. For example, uniform pricing of petroleum products did not exist until the introduction of the UPPF Margin in the 1990s.

We therefore wish to state emphatically that NPA is acting legally as specified in the Prescribed Petroleum Pricing Formula Regulations 2012, LI 2186 and that the UPPF, BOST and Fuel Marking Margins charged in the price buildup are not illegal charges as asserted by Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson.

 

 

 

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CORPORATE AFFAIRS DIVISION

Report adulterated fuel in 48hrs – NPA Boss

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Petroleum Authority, Dr. Mustapha Hamid has urged petroleum product consumers to report to the authority any suspicion of adulterated fuel within 48hrs.

The NPA Boss who was speaking at the end of the Authority’s Consumer Week celebration held in the Volta regional capital, Ho on Thursday said the authority has a standby intelligence and security team that needs timely information to enable them to protect consumers against the sale of fake fuel.

As part of the consumer week celebration, the NPA undertook a series of activities to educate the public on adulterated fuel and the best mechanisms to rely on in reporting such cases to the authority.

According to Chief Executive Officer Dr. Mustapha Hamid, the fight against adulterated fuel can only be realized if consumers report such cases in time.

He noted that any delay beyond 48hrs could lead to loss of evidence.

He said, “We are urging fuel consumers to report any problems that they have with fuel quality within 48-hrs. We emphasize the 48-hrs because for a period beyond 48 hours the evidence may have been tampered with by the culprits and it may therefore be difficult to pin them down.”

He added that “When NPA receives complaints the NPA opens an investigation immediately and we have a very proactive and efficient security and intelligence department that will deal with these matters and we shall ensure that at any point in time, the complainant is kept abreast with the processes of investigation.”

He also urged consumers to at all times demand for receipts at the fuel pumps which he indicated helps in tracing back anytime there is an issue.

The NPA Boss further highlighted other measures the Authority has adopted to protect consumers.

Among the strategies, is the revision of the operating procedures in the importation, exportation, and production of fuels by Petroleum Service Providers, the introduction of the Petroleum Product Marking Scheme and the Bulk Road Vehicle tracking system to ensure that products meet the required standards along the supply chain.

The Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa in his remarks noted that consumers are always disadvantaged by the actions of those who sell adulterated fuel.

Dr. Letsa also noted that “contaminated fuels cause engines to malfunction and come at extra cost to the consumer to restore damaged engines.”

Source: https://kasapafmonline.com/

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: Removal of PSRL on Petroleum Products

The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) wishes to inform the general public that His Excellency the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has granted approval to zero the Price Stabilisation and Recovery Levies on petrol, diesel and LPG for a period of two months.

The above approval follows the advice of the NPA to the Hon. Minister of Energy to seek government’s intervention to mitigate the impact of rising prices of petroleum products on the world market on consumers. Prices of crude oil and refined petroleum products have seen sharp increases on the world market due to a rise in demand of oil globally without a corresponding increase in supply, particularly from the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies.

Because pricing of petroleum products in Ghana is deregulated, changes in prices of petroleum products on the world market have a direct impact on prices at the pumps. The outlook of prices on the global market shows an upward trend and therefore there was the need to seek government’s intervention to lower the levies to cushion consumers from feeling the full impact of these rising prices.

The purpose of the Price Stabilisation and Recovery Levy (PSRL) is to stabilise prices for consumers and pay for the subsidies on Premix Fuel and Residual Fuel Oil (RFO). At this time it is important that the PSRL which is currently sixteen pesewas per liter (GHp16/Lt) on petrol, fourteen pesewas per litre (GHp14/Lt) on diesel, and fourteen pesewas per kilogram (GHp14/Kg) on LPG are zeroed to cushion consumers.

The NPA will work with the Ministries of Energy and Finance to quicken the legislative processes to give immediate effect to this directive by the President.

We are grateful to H.E. the President for granting the request to zero these levies to minimise the effect of rising prices of petroleum products on the world market on consumers in Ghana.

 

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Corporate Affairs Department

Monday, 11th October 2021

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