LET’S RESOLVE CONCERNS SURROUNDING CYLINDER RECIRCULATION MODEL NOW!

The Madina Atomic gas explosion has triggered major reforms in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) regime in the country, hopefully to avert further occurrences.

Amongst the reforms, directed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is the implementation of the Cylinder Recirculation Model of LPG distribution.

The model requires the sitting of LPG Bottling Plants away from congested commercial and population centre from where the plant will procure, brand, maintain and fill empty cylinders.

 

They will then be distributed to consumers and households through retail outlets while low risk stations will be designated for the supply of gas to vehicles. The whole exercise is expected to be completed within a year.

 

The Ghanaian Times doffs its hat to the government for the swift and bold decision on LPG distribution and hopes that the model will be implemented as planned to forestall any future tragedy.

 

That notwithstanding, there are some issues government and its implementing agencies need to clarify to enable Ghanaians appreciate and cooperate when the model is eventually rolled out.

One of them is the condition of the cylinders to be circulated.  What measures will be put in place to ensure that the empty cylinders, customers submit in exchange of filled ones are in good condition?

It will be suicidal for customers to exchange quality cylinders for ones that are worn out or have some defects.

The purpose of the model will then be defeated as this would only bring the very gas explosion that we are trying to avert, right into their homes.

Another concern is the strain the model will put on the poor; not everyone will be financially potent to purchase a bigger cylinder if the retail points run out of the size the customer owns.

Some stakeholders have also expressed concerns about the inadequacy of the one-year period for the model to be rolled out as more cylinders needed to be produced to prevent cylinder shortage.

There are other concerns other stakeholders may have, thus we urge government to engage the public, solicit views and address them before the one year time line elapse.

Ghana is not the first country to implement this model; Brazil started decades ago and effectively combines the use of retail outlets (40 per cent) and home delivery (60 per cent) of cylinders. Ghana can do likewise.

If we do not want more lives to be lost to gas explosion, we must not go to sleep again and wake up from our slumber when another tragedy befalls the country. We must be proactive to forestall any more disasters.

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