The Executive Director of the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers of Ghana (COPEC), Duncan Amoah, has called for strict punishment to be meted out to fuel stations found to have adjusted their fuel pumps in a bid to cheat customers.
Mr Amoah has asked for punishment that will be detrimental enough to the stations to deter others from committing similar offences.
Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen show, the COPEC boss said it was about time all companies involved in such illegal activities are named and shamed.
“These stations must be dealt with the best way we can. It should not just be about charging them; we must be able to go further and shut them down if possible,” he urged.
“They must be made to pay for the crime they have committed because I am convinced by this exposure that they contribute to the increased fuel prices,” he stated.
The Ghana Standard Authority (GSA) exposed Goil, Shell and Frimps Oil to be involved in massive fuel cheating at some fuel stations within the Greater Accra Region.
According to the GSA’s report, the inspection team visited about 65 fuel stations within the Greater Accra Region out of which 10 fuel stations were discovered to have adjusted their pumps to serve their customers less than what they have paid for.
The report indicates Frimps Oil has adjusted all the eight out of seven of their pumps inspected at Tettegu Junction and Spintex Road respectively, while the motorway extension of Shell has three out of their four pumps inspected adjusted to the disadvantage of their customers.
The trusted state-oil marketing company, GOIL was also caught in the web of OMCs cheating their customers with all 13 pumps at the Mile 11 in Accra and Kasoa Galilea adjusted to the disadvantage of their loyal customers.