Citi Business News can confirm that there is shortage of petrol and diesel in some parts of Accra.
This follows visits to some pump stations in Adabraka and other parts of the central business district of Accra which revealed some stations do not have either petrol or diesel.
According to the manageress of So Energy station in Adabraka Simeone Occansey the station has not had petrol in the last two weeks.
“currently we have only diesel at the station, we’ve been out of super for awhile …we’ve been trying but we get minimal quantity and we bring it to the station and by three days maximum it is done(Finished)”, she stressed.
But the manager of Total Petroleum pump station in Adabraka John Evlo said they they don’t have diesel in stock.
“we have petrol but we don’t have diesel , (the situation has been like this for) three weeks” he added.
The manager of Engen Ghana limited at the central business district of Accra, Stanley Nutsugah speaking to Citi Business News said he expected the situation to normalize by close of day.
“At my station I have a lot of diesel but no super , the super ran out this morning , we are waiting for our supplies , we were told it will come this morning so we are waiting”, he said.
He lamented that the situation was having a toll on his business.
Attempts to get clarification from the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) as to what caused the shortage has so far proven futile.
About three months ago, Accra and some regions in the country faced an acute shortage that lasted for days. The situation forced many commercial and private vehicle owners to park their cars.
Chief Executive Officer of the BDCs, Senyo Horsi in an interview with Citi News at the time said the banks were delaying the process of resolving the issue of government’s indebtedness to the BDCs, hence the shortage.
“We have indicated we will start mentioning the names of the banks who have failed to corporate,’’ he warned.
According to him even though government had shown willingness to pay the monies owed the BDCs, the banks had failed to provide information to enable proper auditing, thus the crisis.
President Mahama later directed the Finance Minister, Seth Tekper to release $60 million to the Bulk Oil Distribution Companies (BDCs) to ease the situation.
The recurring fuel shortage has triggered debate over the removal of subsidies which many analysts believe is the cause of the constant shortage.
By: Rabiu Alhassan/citifmonline.com/Ghana