The Ghana Cylinder Manufacturing Company (GCMC) is seeking a strategic investor to partner it produce 40,000 pieces of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders and 100,000 gas stoves to support the country’s rural LPG promotion.
The Chief Executive Officer of the company, Elizabeth Yawa Morny, explained that the company was constrained because of financial challenges as it seeks to expand and meet its target.
Mrs Morny was reviewing the company’s performance to Journalists at Ada on Monday at the end of the mid-year review retreat of the Ministry of Petroleum.
She said the first half of the year had been challenging to the company due to financial constraints, adding “we are working to find lasting solution …to expand our operations to produce more for the rural LPG promotion programme.
The Ministry of Petroleum initiated the rural LPG in 2013 to promote the shift from the use of fuel wood to LPG which is cleaner, safer and healthier.
Under the programme the GCMC produces the LPD cylinders and gas stoves which the ministry procures and supply to deprived rural communities who only pay for the cost of the gas.
It projected to distribute 54,500 LPG cylinders and gas stoves for rural communities across the country under the programme.
The continued use of wood fuel especially in deprived rural communities is having a toll on the national’s forest reserve and the environment, as well as causing respiratory disease in people from smoke inhaling.
An estimated 13 million tonnes of firewood is being burnt annually for the production of charcoal in the country which is contributing to the depletion of the country’s forest cover.
From Salifu Abdul-Rahaman, Ada