The Energy Ministry has announced the withdrawal of the draft national LPG policy after the contention from some stakeholders.
The Association of Gas Tanker Drivers last week warned that they will embark on a nationwide strike if the National Petroleum Authority(NPA) fails to withdraw the Cylinder re-circulation model, an aspect of the draft national LPG policy expected to be rolled out in September this year.
According to the group, the policy threatens the survival of their businesses if allowed to be implemented.
They alleged that the NPA under the leadership of its Chief Executive Officer, Hassan Tampuli had engaged Puma Energy to do the lifting and re-circulation of Gas in the country, a claim the NPA has since denied.
A letter signed by the Acting Chief Director of the Ministry, Lawrence Apaalsethe and sighted by Kasapafmonline.com has indicated the suspension of the said policy for further consultations.
“We have taken note of the progress made so far by the Ministerial sub-committee from under the NPA to review the above policy. We have also taken note of the challenges faced by the sub-committee in the completion of its work as well as the concerns raised by LPGMCs and Tanker Drivers’ Union on the policy.”
“In view of the above, the Ministry wishes to recall the draft National LPG policy for further consultations with all relevant stakeholders especially LPGMCs and Tanker Drivers,” the statement added.