LPG users to resort to buying food from streets as others use charcoal for cooking

LPG shortage

Some Liquefied Petroleum Gas users in Kumasi say they will be buying food from the streets, and others are reverting to using charcoal as they struggle to access domestic fuel.

Most gas outlets in the metropolis remain closed.

Many LPG users who visited gas filling stations returned home with empty cylinders.

Stranded in a quest to refill her 6kg gas container, Yaa Agyapong has been searching all morning for a gas outlet to access LPG for domestic use.

From Ashtown to Anloga, all the pump stations she visited remain closed.

LPG users to resort to buying food from streets as others use charcoal for cooking

With LPG being her only fuel source, she says she will resort to buying food from the streets until she gets gas to refill her container.

“The gates have been closed. There was nobody there. I have always been using gas. I don’t even have a coal pot. I don’t even know what to do. I will be buying food outside,” she tells Luv FM’s Emmanuel Bright Quaicoe.

Her situation is no different from many other LPG users, including commercial drivers who trooped to various gas stations.

Simon Mensah, a commercial driver, says the shortage will affect his trips, ultimately biting hard on his daily sales.

“I have no option. Gas is what my vehicle functions with. After this trip, I won’t be going again. The gas is about to finish. I won’t be working until I get some of the gas. I have a family to cater for, too,” he worriedly said.

LPG users to resort to buying food from streets as others use charcoal for cooking

The Ghana National Petroleum Tanker Drivers Union began a sit-down strike on Monday.

Their reason stemming from the government’s refusal to re-open some gas stations that were closed following a gas explosion in Accra in 2017.

In the Ashanti region, at least 25 gas stations are under the ban.

Organizing Secretary of the LPG Dealers Association of Ghana, Nanaba Collins, is beseeching LPG users to empathize with them.

“We are hurt seeing them stranded in search of gas. But to us, what we are doing today will go into their own interest tomorrow. They should be with us and cooperate with us. We understand times are hard, especially for them to be moving from one station to another wasting transport fares,” he said.

Until the situation is resolved, the over 25% of Ghanaians who use Liquefied Petroleum Gas will continue to resort to alternative fuel sources.