System of seals and tracking devices should not be entirely doomed – Department of Energy

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Energy Ministry public relations officer Kwesi Obeng-Fosu said the seal and tracker system recently introduced by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) should not be condemned in its entirety.

Stakeholders expressed some concerns about the use of the seal and tag system.

His comment follows concerns expressed by the National Union of Tanker Drivers of Ghana that the introduction of seals and tracking devices on tankers has resulted in unfair treatment by the authorities.

“This unfair treatment comes in the form of false accusations of tampering with seals and punishing a whole group of drivers for the alleged offense of a tanker driver. This is very unfair! the union pointed out in a statement announcing its sit-down strike.

Additionally, tanker drivers said the tracking system is being used to punish drivers and transporters for a mandatory health and safety requirement that orders drivers to stop and rest every four hours of driving.

“Each stop during transport is considered and characterized as diversion, followed by punitive sanctions. We therefore demand that this unfair and unfair treatment stop immediately! add the statement.

However, Kwesi Obeng-Fosu maintains that while there may be some challenges with the new system, it cannot be a general problem.

He explained that the system helps the NPA track the fuel carrying space effectively, thus, the whole system cannot be abandoned due to a few glitches here and there.

“I think it will be pockets of problems, it won’t be a general problem because not everyone will complain about it.

“If the vehicle happens to be at the gantry point and the tracking system reports that something is going on, and you’re able to prove that you didn’t even get out and that thing happened triggered, I mean we can sit down and discuss it and find an amicable solution.

“So it’s not something that we can sit here and generally say the tracking system has failed. It works; it helps NPA track this space,” he said on PM Express by JoyNewsWednesday.

He further said that the system not only checks the diversion, siphoning and tampering of the transported fuel, but also checks the quantity and quality of the fuel distributed across the country.

“Despite this, even in the tanks of the various outlets, the tracking system has been installed deep in the tanks and it informs the NPA of the fuel level, quality and things. So it’s not just about adulterating and hijacking and siphoning off, it’s also about doing more than we all know,” he said.

“So I think if there are any issues, we shouldn’t just condemn the whole system in its entirety, we should just look at the various issues, sit down and discuss them, and then iron things out and move on. So to at least control that space, the regulator has every right to put a system in place that will help them check,” he added.

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