ADDRESS BY THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE NATIONAL PETROLEUM AUTHORITY, DR. MOSES ASAGA AT THE INAUGURAL CEREMONY OF THE GHANA NATIONAL PETROLEUM TANKER DRIVERS UNION HELD ON SATURDAY 19TH MARCH, 2016, AT THE GLOBAL HAULAGE YARD NEAR TEMA OIL REFINERY (TOR) AT 10:00AM
Good morning to you Mr. Chairman distinguished invited guests, Ladies and gentlemen.
I bring you warm greetings from the Chief Executive of the National Petroleum Authority, Hon. Dr Moses Asaga.
The CEO regrets his inability to be here to be part of the inauguration of the newly elected officers of your Union.
He is constrained by other equally pressing official assignments and I hereby convey his deepest regrets to you. The Authority respects very much the invitation by your union to be part of today's inauguration ceremony.
This is because of the importance NPA attach to the role the Tanker Driver on the Tanker Drivers Union.
Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Invited Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
One of the key objectives of the National Petroleum Authority is to ensure the regular supply of petroleum products to all parts of the country. This objective however cannot be achieved without the BRV (Tanker) driver.
All petroleum deliveries to retail outlets and bulk customers in the country are delivered by BRVs. Last year, over 95% of inter product transfers to inland depots, were done using BRVs. This emphasizes the importance of the BRV (Tanker) driver in the distribution of petroleum products in the country. The role of the Petroleum BRV (Tanker) driver in the petroleum product supply chain is a very critical one. But this role has its associated safety challenges.
The â€˜tankerâ€™ is a brute of a vehicle. Standing 3.4 meters tall and 15.5 meters in length, it looks large and powerful and is a potential safety threat on our roads when not properly handled. As responsible partners we want members of the public to have the assurance that together we areÂ Â doing our utmost best to ensure their safety.
Therefore the Authority wants our drivers to be highly skilled and knowledgeable in their profession. We expect your union to champion this as well. We will support all activities aimed at improving skills and knowledge.
Just last week the Police Officers and Fire Service Personnel worked hard to avert a potential fatal disaster after a gas tanker overturned on the Mallam-Kasoa Highway resulting inÂ leakage ofÂ Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) on the road. But for the timely intervention of our security forces we could have had a disaster on our hands.
We would therefore like to use this opportunity to urge all of you to be more safety conscious by observing road traffic signs, and avoid all the practices and behaviors that lead to accidents e.g. excessive and reckless speeding, dangerous over taking, avoid night driving and use of mobile phones while driving etc. You are also urged to take the pre-trip inspections of your vehicles such as checking of tire pressure, headlights, hazard lights, tail/brake lights and pointers/traficators, windshield wipers etc very seriously.
As partners in the industry we shall continue to engage you and seek to continuously improve the safety standards and practices in the industry in order to ensure your safety and the safety of other road users and the general public. We shall encourage Transport owners to introduce incentives to promote safe driving practices among the drivers and also promote their welfare.
Mr. Chairman, let me also take this opportunity to assure the Tanker Drivers Union that NPA in collaboration with relevant state institutions will continue to create an enabling environment for the operations of the transportation section of the Petroleum Downstream Industry. For example Works have already commenced on the construction of a modern Tanker parking lot for 1000 BRVs equipped with firefighting equipment, catering facilities, resting halls among others at Tema. This is part of the Authority's plans to improve safety standards in the industry and this is specifically aimed at eliminating safety risk posed by indiscriminate parking of BRVs on roads leading to TOR and other depots In Tema and also provides a decent resting place for drivers awaiting to be loaded. The project is expected to be completed by September 2016
Mr. Chairman, distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen at this juncture, I pledge the Authority's recognition and support for the Union and look forward to very fruitful engagement in future for the betterment of the industry.
Thank you very much and God bless you all.