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Government is committed to CRM policy- Dr. Abdul-Hamid

 
The Chief Executive (CE) of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid has re-iterated government’s commitment to the implementation of the Cylinder Recirculation Model.

Dr. Abdul-Hamid gave the assurance at a meeting with LPG Marketers Association (LPGMC) at the Fiesta Royale Hotel in Accra on Wednesday. “It is not in our interest that four years after the commitment to implement a cylinder recirculation model, it has still not been done” he said.

“We at the NPA are determined to make this policy a reality. In the entire sub-region, it is only Ghana and Nigeria that still operates LPG filling stations. We ought to move with the times” he added. 
 
The meeting was part of Dr. Abdul-Hamid’s stakeholder consultations in the downstream petroleum sector. The meeting was to afford the CE of NPA to understand the challenges that bedevil the LPG sector and how those challenges can be surmounted.

Welcoming Dr. Abdul-Hamid and his Directors to the meeting, the Vice President of the LPG Marketers Association, Mr. Gabriel Kumi said that while the LPGMC is not against the implementation of CRM, it is opposed to how the NPA has handled its implementation all these years.



He said that the NPA has sought to implement the policy as if it was implementing a policy in virgin territory. “The NPA was proceeding as if there was no LPG market in Ghana prior to the floatation of the idea of a CRM” he said.

“Some of us have been in the LPG business for the last 20-30 years and so when the NPA behaves as if it is implementing a policy from scratch, it is worrying” he added. 
 
 Mr. Gabriel Kumi also called on government to remove all taxes on LPG to make it affordable to many Ghanaian people. He lamented the situation where today, people buy LPG in “tots” and said that it is a disincentive for people to enter the LPG market.

Mr. Gabriel Kumi also assured that the LPGMC is not against the CRM and promised the cooperation of the association in seeing to its proper implementation.

He however called on the CE to intervene with government to grant a partial lifting of the ban on the opening of new LPG stations, since many of them were at various stages of completion before the ban was imposed, following the Atomic Junction gas explosion. 
 
 Responding to Mr. Kumi, Dr. Abdul-Hamid thanked the LPGMC for their renewed commitment to the CRM policy.

He assured them that changes were going to be made within the NPA to give the LPGMC confidence to cooperate with the NPA to see to the implementation of the CRM.

Dr. Abdul-Hamid asserted that in negotiation, something must always give, and to that extent, he is going to consult with the Energy Minister to request for a partial lifting of the ban on the establishment of LPG stations, in order to allow those who had invested in them to reap the benefits of their investment. 
 
Both the NPA and the LPGMC assured of a renewed friendship and cooperation that will see the growth and development of the LPG sector of the downstream petroleum industry. “No more fight” Dr. Abdul-Hamid said, to which the LPGMC responded, “no more fight.”

Play by the rules or lose your licenses- Dr. Abdul-Hamid to Oil Marketing Companies

   The Chief Executive of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid has said that the NPA will not hesitate to revoke the licenses of industry players who continually flout the rules.

Dr. Abdul-Hamid said this at a meeting with board members of the Association of Oil Marketing Companies (AOMCs) at GIMPA on Monday.

The meeting was part of his stakeholder engagements, meant to open channels of dialogue for the smooth operation of the industry.

“We shall not hesitate to revoke the licenses of industry players who continually flout the rules.

Over the years, the NPA has been too lenient with people who flout the rules. And this has given opportunity to many people to flout these rules with impunity” he said. “We cannot all be in a conspiracy to run down our country and yet turn round and blame government for what goes wrong” Dr. Abdul-Hamid added.

   Dr. Abdul-Hamid said, illegal bunkering, third-party supplies and failure to pay taxes and levies due government are all gross violations of the law and henceforth, those found culpable will face the full sanctions as permitted by law.

The CE of NPA told the oil marketers that it is in their own interest that the market is regulated properly. “Otherwise, when the industry collapses, your businesses will collapse with it” he added.

The Chief Executive whilst seeking the support of AOMCs in order to sanitize the industry assured them the authority will itself play by the rules and ensure an even playing field. “The lawyers tell us that they who seek equity must come with clean hands” Dr. Hamid stated.

He therefore urged them to play by the rules, so that they will have the moral authority to demand same from the regulator.

The CE of NPA said that after 16 years of operation, the NPA Act (Act 691) will be reviewed to meet with current trends in the downstream petroleum industry.

Dr. Abdul-Hamid said that in reviewing the NPA Act, the licensing and inspections regime will be looked at, to make sure that those who acquire OMC licenses really have the capacity to operate in the industry.

He lamented the situation where many OMCs currently fall short of the requirements for holding their licenses and said that soon, all such licenses will be revoked.

“As the industry is being sanitized, all those who have fallen short of the requirement will have their licenses revoked, he said.

The Chief Executive of the AOMCs, Mr Kwaku Agyemang-Duah appealed to the NPA to take steps to check the activities of some new entrants who are taking advantage of some loop holes in the sanctions regime to make quick money.

Mr. Agyeman-Duah said the failure on the part of the NPA to check such people is a disincentive to those who play by the rules. Mr. Agyeman-Duah introduced Mr Felix Gyekye, the Vice-Chairman of the association as the new Chairman following the resignation of its Chairman, Mr Henry Akwaboah.

On his part, Mr. Gyekye said they were glad that Dr. Abdul-Hamid is committed to tackling the problems of the industry head-on. He assured the NPA, that the AOMCs will support the NPA to sanitize the industry.

 

 

  My vision is to make NPA efficient and viable – Chief Executive tells management at a retreat

 

The Chief Executive of the National Petroleum Authority, Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, says one of his major priorities will be to ensure that the petroleum downstream regulator is financially viable.

 Speaking at the opening of a management retreat in Ada, Dr. Abdul-Hamid said the downstream sector is an important component of Ghana’s economic success, but, if the right things are not done to ensure efficiency and robustness, the industry may struggle to contribute the expected revenue targets for national development.

 Alluding to the manner in which the banking sector suffered due to wholesale granting of licenses,  Dr. Abdul-Hamid said the same approach will not be adopted to ensure the industry is sound and safe.

 According to him, the licenses for the establishment of petroleum retail outlets should be given to those that are willing and prepared to do business, contribute the right amount of taxes into state coffers and ensure the nation benefits significantly.

  He added that, third party activities in the industry should not be encouraged, because it undermines the integrity of the sector and the operations of those doing the right things.

Dr. Abdul-Hamid also affirmed his commitment to improving efficiency of the NPA’s operations, improving staff morale as well as building the capacity of staff to deliver on his mandate.

According to him, a united front and team work among staff will ensure the objectives are achieved.

  Dr. Abdul-Hamid also said the authority under his leadership will deliver first class service to stakeholders in the petroleum downstream sector.

The retreat is part of the authority’s way to review its mid-year performance and expedite planned strategies to meet its target for the year.

I’ll ensure rules and regulations are adhered to by petroleum downstream players – NPA boss

 

Chief Executive of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid has assured that his primary objective is to ensure rules and regulations are adhered to by players in the petroleum downstream industry.

 

According to him, that is the only way the industry will achieve its vision, whilst players enjoy the full benefits of the industry.

 

Addressing management of Puma Energy Ghana Ltd and Blue Ocean Investment Limited led by its Group Managing Director, Henry Osei, Dr. Abdul-Hamid said his aim is to ensure all players are satisfied with the regulations governing the industry.

 

The visit was to among others, welcome the new Chief Executive of NPA and also congratulate him on his assumption into office.

 

The meeting deliberated on the Puma Group’s investment in the petroleum downstream industry such as being the first company to establish a cylinder bottling plant which is at 95% completion stage and the enhanced Kotoka International Airport aviation fuel depot which added storage capacity of 10,000 metric tonnes to the existing 750 metric tonnes.

 

The MD of Puma Energy and Blue Ocean Investment Limited said the group was looking forward to strengthening its relationship with the NPA and indicated that “as a key stakeholder of the industry, we will lend our support to you as you take over as the new chief executive”

The Chief Executive of National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, was on Wednesday at a ceremony organized by the National Council of Zongo Chiefs, honoured for his contribution to the development of Zongo communities in the country. 
 
Then the sector Minister for Inner Ctiy and Zongo Development, he spearheaded several developments into most Zongo communities around the country.
 
Among other things, his ministry ensured the training of youth in economically viable schemes.
 
He also championed the provision of drainage systems in most of the communities, which was one of the many challenges in most communities.
 
On the sporting front, his outfit ensured the provision of ultra-modern sports complex in selected communities within the Zongos. One of such sports facilities is the one at New Fadama in Accra, which was commissioned by Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, and named after the National Chief Imam.
 
Wednesday’s event was attended by the National Chief Imam; His Eminence Sheikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu and the Chief Executive Officer of the Zongo Development Fund;Mr. Arafat Suleimana. 
 
Dr. Abdul-Hamid expressed his gratitude to the Council for the honour bestowed on him. 
 
“Again, I am eternally grateful to His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for giving me the opportunity to serve my Zongo community,” he said. 
 
Dr. Abdul-Hamid also assured the gathering of his continuous commitment to the development of Zongo communities.
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