The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has interacted the media across the country on how they (the media) can support the campaign to improve safety in the petroleum industry.
These interactions are parts of stakeholder engagements to canvas support from the media towards the successful implementation of the safety campaign.
The interactions with the media were held in Takoradi, Kumasi, Tamale and Ho.
About 300 senior editors, morning show hosts, regional correspondents and reporters were engaged to use their platforms to educate the general public on safety precautions in handling petroleum products in order to avert petroleum related accidents.
Addressing the media in Tamale, the Chief Executive of NPA, Mr. Alhassan Tampuli called on the media to support the safety campaign by using their medium to inform the public on the safe uses of petroleum product such as petrol, premix and LPG.
These fuel products are highly combustive and need a lot of care and attention to safety measures with using them
Mr. Tampuli said safety related issues must be an everyday activity and a collective responsibility, “We are about launching the national safety day to raise national consciousness on the need to observe safety practices in our operations as well as among users of the product”.
He said the NPA also intend to train pump attendants, station managers, depot managers, tank drivers and issue them with certificates to enable them perform their duties within the confines of the standard operating procedures.
Speaking with the media in Ho to round up the media engagement, The Director of Inspection, Monitoring and Licensing, Mrs. Esther Anku, took journalists through the safety campaign for August. She explained that as part of the campaign to improve safety in operations, NPA would be instituting “Safety Day” to be observed once a year to raise safety consciousness in their operation.
She disclosed that the NPA, in April this year, held zonal meetings with tanker drivers, tanker owners, oil marketing companies and dealers in Kumasi, Takoradi and Tamale on how to improve on safety in their operations.
She encouraged CEOs of oil marketing companies and LPG marketing companies to undertake visible safety activities in the forecourts of their retail outlets such as hoisting of banners with safety messages.
Also present at the engagements were; Mr. Samuel Asare Bediako, UPPF Coordinator, Linda Asante, Western/Central Zonal Manager, Stephen Comnasha, Ashanti/Brong-Ahafo Zonal Manager, Godwin Konu, Nothern Zonal Manager and Rashid Dauda, Volta Zonal Manager.