3 Filling Stations Closed Down By NPA for Defrauding Customers
The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has closed three gas stations in the Sunyani Municipality of the Bono Region, for distributing petroleum products or fuel in less than the quantity that customers pay for.
The random exercise was carried out after a team led by Kwadwo Odarno Appiah, Bono Regional Manager, and Eunice Budu Nyarko, Consumer Services Manager, sensitised commercial drivers and traders at Sunyani’s Nana Bosoma market, also known as Wednesday market.
The stations are Frimps Oil at Penkwase, Goil close to the Eusbett Hotel, and Engen, all located in the Sunyani Township.
All seven of Frimps’ dispensing units that were operational at the time of the NPA inspection were “under delivering,” whereas Goil and Engen had two and four nozzles that were underperforming, respectively.
However, the NPA team noticed that some of the nozzles at these filling stations were dispensing more petroleum products than the user had paid for.
According to the Bono Regional Manager, the Authority will continue to monitor gasoline station operations to ensure consumers get value for money, and defaulting fuel stations would be sanctioned.
“The Authority will require a report on investigations carried out by the stations as to what caused the anomalies of the nozzles,” Eunice Nyarko said.
She cautioned fuel stations to stop utilising ramps and shaking vehicles when dispensing fuel, saying, “The NPA will not hesitate to lock temporarily stations caught using ramps”.
Source: Energy Ghana