The weekend engagement between the Ministry of Energy and the National Petroleum Authority was brought to a close yesterday with spotlight placed on key issues in the downstream petroleum sector, NewsWire GH can report.
In his remarks, sector Minister, Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh reiterated the need for Ghana to place premium on the development of its gas infrastructure as well as programmes that will promote its use in our quest to propagating cleaner and safer forms of energy for domestic and industrial use. This is pursuant to SDG Goal 7 which stipulates the use of reliable, sustainable and modern forms of energy.
He further tasked the NPA to review the LPG for Development programme for it to become an overarching programme under which all LPG intervention activities will be subsumed.
Dr. Prempeh again charged the NPA to beef up the security and intelligence architecture of the downstream petroleum operations to clamp down on illicit petroleum activities. This he says can be done through active collaboration between the Authority and the key agencies within the Ghanaian security and intelligence set-up.
The Minister expressed optimism in the future of Ghana’s downstream petroleum sector, as a key driver of Ghana’s economic growth, and said the myriad of crucial matters and their bi-partisan action points will go a long way in the advancement of the Ghanaian interest.