Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, has engaged stakeholders in the Eastern Region to familiarise them with operations of the organisation.
The visit was to among others, get to know the people and “understand their sentiments to be able to craft and execute a vision that resonates with people within the organisation”.
This is his first visit to the Eastern Region as Chief Executive officer of the NPA.
During his interaction with the media, he disclosed the organisation has embarked on stakeholder consultations including a visit to the LPG, OMCs, Marketing Associations, Tanker Drivers and Owners, Civil Society Organisations and others.
According to him, the aforementioned industries are quite wide, and a huge industry to think about is one that contributes 6% of GDP and billions of cedis to Ghana’s development effort – oil and gas.
He said it is as a result of this that leadership of the NPA have embarked on stakeholder consultations in the past four months, and have promised to do more.
Dr. Abdul-Hamid added that as part of getting to know the various organisations, they have already had management retreats as they go about executing their mandate.
He said in the bid to prevent people from violating the rules of the NPA, they will engage the various security agencies to help get rid of that issue.
He affirmed they are determined to strengthen their stakeholder relations to help them do the kind of work they intend doing.
The visit also took the CEO to the Eastern Regional Police Command at the regional police headquarters, Galloway, where he discussed with the security chief issues of cooperation between the NPA and Ghana Police Service – in terms of providing security for industry players and helping in the fight against fuel diversion, smuggling and other related irregularities that may occur in the course of doing business.
Reacting to prices of fuel in the country, he said: “We have done what is within our remit per law, which is that we appealed to the president – and being the sensitive President that he is, he agreed that the price stabilisation and recovering levy be suspended for two months. The intended purpose of that suspension is so we can stabilise prices.
“I’m sure you know what the world situation is as far as petroleum prices are concerned, everything is going up on the international market; and so to that extent, we thought this price stabilisation and recovery levy was put there specifically for this purpose.
“So, we have done our bit and we were hopeful that in the November window we do not see astronomical jumps at the pump; which will mean to me that the price stabilisation and recovery removal is working because prices haven’t jumped”
However, Dr. Hamid insisted the NPA’s strategy is working, having been able to stabilise the price of fuel.
After the media interactions, he also toured some of the fuel stations of Koforidua to check work being done in the field.