Med force will convey fuel in days Kwarteng

The Minister of Energy, Kwabena Donkor has said that the Ghana Armed Forces will be delivering fuel to petrol stations in days. This is a response to what he termed as a national crisis and the shortages experienced by motorists at filling stations across the country.

The Minister of Energy, Kwabena Donkor has said that the Ghana Armed Forces will be delivering fuel to petrol stations in days. This is a response to what he termed as a national crisis and the shortages experienced by motorists at filling stations across the country.

After weeks of discussions between government officials and petroleum marketers, the government has concluded that the best way out of this is to import fuel, and it will be done by the military which had been deployed to some filling stations for security purposes.

The crisis situation we are having is not something we should be proud of as a country but I am very glad that everybody agreed on what we need to do and I am very happy to say that in days, maybe a week or so, the military will come to the fore again not as security guards but as transporters delivering fuel from Tema Port to various parts of the country.

Kwabena Donkor also talked about government’s plan to review petroleum product prices with key stakeholders in coming days.

According to him, the review will ensure adequate supply of petroleum products in the coming days and would also help reduce the cost of fuel to consumers.

He added that government is also working on strategies to alleviate pressure on private sector oil marketing firms who currently import refined products while at the same time ensuring that price increases do not impact negatively on the economy.

The Minister of Energy had a meeting with the General Manager of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, Dr Kofi Koduah Sarpong and some other top management of GNPC on how to go about importing petroleum products in a more efficient way so that we can get more value for our oil [and] at the same time reduce the cost of doing business for private sector importers.

He said government had noticed that there was some inefficiency in terms of how petroleum products were being imported into the country and it is working to address this challenge .

Mr. Donkor appealed to oil marketers in the country to work with government to ensure that the crisis was resolved as soon as possible.