The Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa, has pledged to cooperate with the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) to regulate the petroleum downstream industry in the region.
He said his support is to enable the Authority to discharge its statutory mandate effectively to ensure consumers of petroleum products get quality petroleum products at the right price and quantity.
Mr. Letsa was speaking in Ho when the new NPA’s Volta Regional Manager, Mr. Godwin Yaw Konu, paid a courtesy call on him at his office.
Mr. Konu was at the office to introduce himself as the NPA Volta Regional Manager who had taken responsibility for NPA administration in the Volta and Oti Regions.
The meeting also discussed several issues relative to the petroleum downstream industry in the Volta Region.
Receiving the delegation, Dr. Letsa pledged his support and that of the Volta Regional Coordinating Council for the NPA to succeed with its operations in the region.
On his part, the NPA Volta Regional Manager, Mr. Godwin Yaw Konu, explained the NPA’s mandate is to regulate, oversee and monitor activities of the downstream petroleum industry.
Mr. Konu indicated that the NPA regional office exists to further the Authority’s overall vision in the region to ensure economic growth and development is not hindered. As such, the regional office will facilitate speedy growth of the downstream petroleum industry in Volta Region to meet growing petroleum needs of consumers in the region – particularly those in underserved and hard to reach communities.
According to Mr. Konu, the regional office will ensure petroleum service providers comply with various guidelines, rules and regulations set out for operators in the downstream petroleum industry.
The regional office will hold various operators in the region to prescribed standards on health, safety and environment management.
The regional office, Mr. Konu indicated, prioritise the needs of petroleum consumers and protect their various interests with respect to quality, quantity and pricing of petroleum products offered for sale by petroleum products retail outlets.
Mr. Konu assured the Regional Minister that the NPA, and by extension the regional office, operates a robust monitoring regime to protect the interests of petroleum consumers in the region.
Consequently, petroleum consumers should rest assured that they are receiving the right quantity of petroleum products for the right price, in the right quantity, at the various retail outlets they interface with.
In attendance at the meeting were Mr. Augustus Awity, Chief Director-Volta Regional Coordinating Council; Mr. Michael Kwasi Dadza, Special Assistant to the Minister; and Mr. Forster Honu, Public Relations Officer-Volta Regional Coordinating Council.