The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has launched a digital Command and Control Centre for Bulk Street Vehicle (BRV) and an Digital Cargo Tracking Method (ECTS) to be operate by the National Petroleum Authority in collaboration with other essential stakeholders in the petroleum downstream sector.
Talking at the launch ceremony in Accra on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Vice President Bawumia explained the operationalization of the Centre, which would monitor the movement of all petroleum goods in serious-time, would have a number of added benefits, key between which is lowered profits losses and increased efficiency in the command and distribution of petroleum products and solutions.
“As we all know, strength is crucial to everything we do, from house to office and market, and how international locations regulate their electricity sector together the provide chain has become a quite critical challenge all-around the globe. The Govt as a result locations substantial precedence on the enhancement of all sources of electricity and their distribution to guarantee availability of inexpensive, nonetheless high quality electricity for the very good people today of Ghana.”
Vice President Bawumia spelled out that an successful and effective petroleum products and solutions distribution system is vital to the economic progress of the state, and it is for this purpose that Govt is committed to enhancing the motion of petroleum items in just the place, whether or not it is by highway, rail, h2o or pipeline.
He expressed fear about the community of illegal things to do going on in the petroleum downstream business generally in the sort of bunkering, smuggling of petroleum products and the dumping of solutions intended for export on the nearby market place.
“It is estimated that these illegal routines value the state about US$200 million for each annum in the variety of misplaced direct petroleum tax income, subsidies that do not get to the focused constituencies, and abuse in transportation statements for transportation of petroleum goods among the other people.
“To place this in perspective, the revenue reduction of about $200 million translates into practically GHS1.1 billion per year, which is about 55 % of the revenue essential each calendar year to finance a comprehensive stream of Absolutely free SHS in accordance to the 2020 Price range estimates.”
The launch of the 24/7 Command Centre experienced consequently occur at the suitable time, he included, indicating “This is still a different illustration of how we can leverage on engineering to deal with some of the complications that go on to undermine our capability to establish the Ghana we want.”
He billed the NPA to increase and maintain the already initiated technological interventions such as the Petroleum Solution Marking Scheme, the Bulk Street Car or truck Tracking and Quantity Monitoring Procedure, the Business Relational Database Management Technique (ERDMS) and now the Digital Sealing and Cargo Monitoring Procedure.
The Chief Executive Officer of the NPA, Alhassan Tampuli, introduced programs by the Authority to deploy Automatic Tank Gauging and Inventory Management and Monitoring Methods at retail stores in the state to give the regulatory authorities these types of as the NPA and the Ghana Income Authority, serious time check out of petroleum product or service stocks and movements at all retail stores and depots in the region.
Deputy Minister of Energy, Dr Mohammed Amin Adam, certain of Government’s dedication to deal with the capability challenges struggling with the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Enterprise and the Volta Lake Transportation Corporation in the distribution of petroleum products, indicating that the 98% of all petroleum merchandise transported by road was on the high aspect.