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Stick to road map in reducing sulfur content in fuel

By Laudia Sawer/Alexander Nyarko Yeboah

Tema, July 17,GNA – Mr. Saeed Kutia Ubeidalah, Vice Chairperson of the
Tema District Council of Labour, has asked government to stick to the agreed
road map for the implementation of a standard sulfur content of fuel put
forward by National Petroleum Authority (NPA).

He made this call on Thursday during the Tema District Council of Labor
(TDCL) General Council Meeting held at the Anchor of Hope Catholic Church,
Community One, Tema.

According to him, to achieve a cost-effective air quality management
system, authorities must address fuel quality issues alongside that of vehicle
technology, vehicle maintenance and road/traffic conditions.

“Nobody jumped from 3000 to even 100 let alone 50ppm. They all went
through a road map that allowed the system to grow and the cars to phase out.
Thus fuel quality, vehicle emissions and their related standards are considered
as elements of an integrated fuel quality management strategy,” he said.

He observed that one of the main issues missing out in the whole
argument was enforcement of the law “because even the bad laws were not
enforced. We heard of the recent contamination of oil on the market. It simply
means there is a loophole in the monitoring regime which is always key to any
quality standard settin.”

He said this policy if implemented, would only kick TOR out of business
because the cars in Ghana do not have the technology to utilize low sulfur
content “ so the question is; where will TOR sell its products?”

 “That is the major impact because
the car system we have will not give us the maximum benefit in terms of low
emissions, because most of the countries which adopted this had cars with
emission reduction technology fixed into them,” he said.

He observed that for TOR to adjust to this new policy, it will need more
resources and time “since this policy will increase Ghana’s import base and the
loser here is the worker. This means government cannot achieve its task of
increasing the number of local industries if this is not checked.”

He prayed government not to rush in any aspect of its management of the
process adding, “There must be well thought out plans so that the
implementation would not give problems. If care is not taken we will kill out
TOR and somebody will bring worse fuel onto the Ghanaian market.”

GNA

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