The downstream petroleum sector of Ghana comprises three main blocs or stakeholders including the Government (regulatory and standards), the Petroleum Service Providers and Consumers. An examination of the activities of these individual players will reveal that the consumer is the weakest amongst them. For example, there has been various times and periods in this country when the public have been pushed to their wit ends. Especially during periods of adjustments, the other two stakeholders have hidden behind the ignorance of the public to push their agenda even at points when they very well know where the truth lies and the real motives for such tinkering.
Prior to the establishment of the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers-Ghana, a meeting of a group of highly placed persons within the petroleum downstream subsector was convened to brainstorm on the real issues confronting the sector which had been riddled with huge challenges resulting in mass fuel shortages and long queues across the country at the time. This period saw a lot of public transport vehicles and their private counterparts as well as people with their own means of transport virtually grounded as a result of the "artificial" shortage that hit the downstream bringing to a virtual halt most economic activities within the country. The impact and costs as well as the real cause of this shortage have until date never been measured or explained. The situation, though avoidable, sadly hit us all and is obviously far from over as the system in our neighbouring Nigeria lends credence to this. This reinforced the need for all and sundry, whose activities are directly affected by developments in Ghana’s downstream to come together with the view to working proactively to prevent any such recurrence or over exploitation by the strong forces that control availability and affordability of petroleum.
This important meeting of September 2014 brought a lot of issues to the fore and reinforced the need to establish an independent body with the interest of the common man firmly fixed as priority. This body was going to use the tools of advocacy, research and public education to achieve its set objectives. This led to the setting up of a civil society organisation capable of doing credible, unbiased, non-political research and advocacy for the benefit of all including government, bulk oil distribution companies, oil marketing companies and the general public. The meeting also discussed how to build a voice for the consumer community such that their interests and concerns can also be independently dealt with without much of a government or a state institutions' influence since they (government and its agencies) are believed to oftentimes have one vested interest or the other in such matters.
All involved were deeply committed to a vision of protecting the system and ensuring it becomes most efficient as well as making sure the end user or consumer also gets adequate protection from some of the negative industry practices which normally go a long way to affect the public. This meeting further proposed working together with the existing system in ways that inure to the benefit of all, especially the consumer whiles ensuring a fine line between what is fair and what is not. Although many ideas were discussed, the core group determined that developing a non-profit infrastructure was the strategy that held the most promise for protecting both the industry and the consumer. For this reason, the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers-Ghana (COPEC GH) was birthed in September, 2014.
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COPEC GH works to ensure the sustainable creation of broad‐based improvements in the downstream petroleum sector through the provision of credible, unbiased, non-political research and advocacy for the benefit of all including government, bulk oil distribution companies, oil marketing companies and the general public.
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