The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has procured a total of 3,983 gas cylinders for the residents of Jomoro Municipality of the Western Region to augment the cylinders they already have in their homes.
The initiative was part of the pilot implementation programme of the Cylinder Recirculation Model (CRM) under the theme: “CRM: Securing Our Safety, Creating More Jobs”.
Alhassan Tampuli, Chief Executive Officer of the NPA, who disclosed this, said “all you need to do is to pick your empty cylinder, walk to the gas station and exchange it for a filled cylinder.”
“The cylinders are in different sizes ranging from three kilogram (kg), 6kg and 14.5kg so it does not matter the size of cylinder you have, your needs are catered for in this CRM pilot exercise,” he told the people.
He said the procured cylinders were being branded in the colours and logo of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Marketing Companies.
Mr Tampuli was speaking at the fourth pilot implementation programme of the CRM in the Jomoro District.
He explained that the CRM policy sought to develop a market-driven structure to ensure safety and increase access of LPG to 50 per cent by the year 2030.
He said the choice of Jomoro and its environs to pilot the CRM initiative by the government was as a result of good control and traceability of cylinders, active refilling outlets with consistent LPG sales over the last assessment period and multiplicity of LPG Marketing Companies in the area.
“Our technical team has paid working visits to all Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) outlets in Bamianko-Anyinase, Elubo, Ekpu and Jarway Wharf in the Jomoro Municipality,” he stressed.
He said to prevent shortages of the product, NPA had added 50 per cent buffer to each LPG Marketing Company in order to augment what they had in stock for distribution.
“Let me assure you that the NPA is poised to deal with possible challenges that may arise from the implementation of the policy,” he added.
According to Mr Tampuli, the policy would create over 4,500 direct jobs in relation to new actors of the new value chain and door to door delivery services.
He assured that the relevant safety protocols would be keenly observed to ensure the safety of the people, while increasing access to LPG for domestic, commercial and industrial use from the current 25 per cent level to 50 per cent by 2030.