The Member of Parliament for the Bole-Bamboi constituency, Hon. Yusif Sulemana, has sought for an answer from the CEO of the National Petroleum Authority, Dr. Mustapha Abdul Hamid when the ban placed on the construction of new Liquified Petroleum Gas outlets will be lifted in the country.
The MP, who is a member of the Public Accounts Committee sought permission from the Chairman of the committee to ask a public interest question on the matter.
In his response, he said Government of Ghana is considering lifting a ban it placed on the construction of new Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) outlets .
According to him, the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), the downstream petroleum regulator has finalised a Cabinet memo on the issue awaiting presidential approval.
The Government of Ghana, through NPA, placed a ban on the construction of new LPG outlets, following a gas explosion at Atomic Junction which resulted in the death of seven people.
Several people also got injured in the explosion.
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, shortly after the Atomic Junction Gas explosion in 2017, directed the implementation of the Cylinder Recirculation Module.
This meant that gas cylinders will no longer be filled up at gas retail outlets, but cylinders would be bought from distributors already filled when they go empty.
Hon. Yusif, speaking exclusively to Yagbon News noted that, he asked a genuine question due to the challenges residents of Bole go through in getting their gas cylinders to be filled.
He said it is his hope that, the ban will be lifted so that he assists in the acquisition of the license of business men and women who have interest in such operations.
The MP believes that, the lack of gas filling stations in the District partly contributes to deforestation as many residents depend on firewood as a fuel to enable them cook their food.