The workers say they will embark on a demonstration if their demand is ignored.

LPG Shortage
LPG Shortage
“Failure with which the union will have no choice but to advise itself and if necessary lay down our tools from August 26, 2016 in protest of our displeasure at the state of affairs at the company,” a statement from the Ghana National Gas Workers Union of the General Transport Petroleum and Chemical Workers Union GTPCWU of the Trades Union Congress TUC signed by the Unions Chairman, Richmond Alamu indicated.

This is a critical situation which government needs to address immediately to avert any untold bearing on gas supply to the power enclaves for power generation as well as for local household consumption of LPG.
Already, there are reports of acute shortage of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in parts of the Greater Accra region.

News reports indicates that the shortage started on Thursday, August 4, 2016.

, However it is unclear what has led to the shortage which has been ongoing for more than a week now as most of the gas vendors across the capital appear to be oblivious of what the cause is.

Some of the attendants say they have not been able to re-stock their tanks because their suppliers are unable to supply.

An attendant at the Anasset gas filling station at Awudome in Accra,confirmed the shortage.
“They promised us on Monday (last week) that we will be supplied today [Tuesday last week] but we have since not gotten any supply yet. Our customers have also been harassing us for supplies but we have no idea when it will be supplied,”

He added, “We contacted officials of TOR but we’re told we may get some later in the day but we are yet to hear from them.”

According to the attendants some of the drivers who use LPG daily have resorted to petrol while others are unable to use their cars.

It is therefore urgent on the part of government not to worsen the situation by the addressing the impasse between it and the Ghana Gas company workers.
According to Mr. Alamu “workers of Ghana Gas feels slighted and undervalued by the government, the Finance and Petroleum Ministries for going ahead to announce the takeover of the company’s facilities without any engagement.” “Ghana Gas personnel, apart from working tirelessly and delivering on its mandate to curtail the ‘dumsor’ situation, is also saving the government of Ghana from harsh invoice balances from the importation of light crude oil for energy production.

“Considering these benefits delivered on the company’s part, the local union least expects government to engage in such demotivating fragmentation of the company by siphoning its important installations to other state agencies without tangible synergistic plan for a win-win manifesto,” he added.

Mr. Alamu further stated that “there was a directive from the Ministry of Petroleum to BOST to take over the management of the natural gas facilities without any engagement,… we are yet to receive any official communication from government or the sector ministry about the proposed takeover [by BOST]. The union is of the view that such decisions demoralize personnel and may ultimately affect productivity in the long run.”

The workers also want government to use monies accrued into the Energy Levy Fund to pay the over $350 million “VRA’s chronic indebtedness to Ghana Gas being the invoice value for lean gas supplied for its power production”.

The union says the ripple effect of the VRA’s indebtedness to Ghana Gas “has virtually disabled the company from meeting its debt servicing obligation to the China Development Bank, and Ghana National Petroleum Corporation for its raw gas exported to the Atuabo Gas Processing Plant”.

The statement added that “we therefore request the government of Ghana and the relevant MDA’s, as a matter of urgency to release monies accrued from the Energy Levy to Ghana Gas to help sustain the latter’s operations. Should this fail, we shall resolve to resort to this very harsh position [lay down tools] since we do not want Ghana Gas to become a highly indebted agency like TOR, VRA, ECG and other state agencies”.

Source: Adnan Adams Mohammed


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