Business News of Thursday, 21 December 2017
The Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Marketers Association has backed down on its intended strike following a meeting with representatives from the Energy Ministry on the disputed Cylinder re-circulation programme.
Following the gas explosion at Atomic Junction in Accra on October 7, President Akufo-Addo ordered the implementation of the programme as a way of reducing instances of such explosions, especially in residential areas.
Per the policy, all gas cylinders will be filled by cylinder bottling plants for onward delivery to retail outlets instead of the LPG outlets. This is meant to improve safety as well as increase access.
But the LPG Marketers Association vehemently rejected the policy and threatened a strike saying broader consultations needed to be have been had before it is rolled out.
Deputy Energy Minister, Mohammed Amin Adam, at a meeting with the marketers, assured them that government will further engage them before fully rolling out the policy.
For his part, Vice Chairman of the LPG Marketers Association, Gabriel Kumi, said they are willing to go back for further discussions with the Ministry to re-examine the policy.