The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers Ghana is pushing the Association of Oil Marketing Companies (AOMCs) to work to change the notion that some of its members sell contaminated gasoline at the pump.
Ghanaians have a perception that some oil marketing organisations participate in activities that are harmful to automobiles.
A report released last year by the National Petroleum Authority confirmed this, stating that roughly two per cent of OMCs were involved in the sale of contaminated fuel to the general population.
In the interest of consumers and in an effort to modify this perception, COPEC’s Head of Research, Benjamin Nsiah, has requested that the Association of Oil Marketing Companies produce a list of its members who are guilty.
“The perception out there is that some OMCs out there sell adulterated products. As an association, we think that they should now come out and dissociate themselves from the oil marketing companies that are selling adulterated products or list the companies that don’t sell adulterated products so that we can differentiate and know that in this particular market these are the 2.1 percent selling adulterated products,” he said.
Wiping out contamination
The National Petroleum Authority’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, had stated that the rate of retail outlet failure due to contaminated fuel has decreased dramatically as a result of severe procedures implemented by his organisation.
From 32 percent in 2013 to 2.5 percent in August 2021, this has improved.
Dr. Abdul-Hamid, on the other hand, says he is dedicated to completely eliminating these occurrences from the market.
“We’re on the verge of eradicating these 2.51 percent offenders who are still defrauding petroleum consumers,” he had said.