General News Tue, 2 Jan 2001

Fuel shortage hits Ho

FUEL shortage has hit Ho, making it very difficult for residents to commute within the township.

At the time of going to press, only one out of the five filling stations in the town, the Mobil station at the Civic Centre, was selling petrol to motorists, resulting in the formation of a long queue at that station.

The Station Manager of the Civic Centre Mobil Station, Mr Philip Mensah, told the Graphic that if fresh supplies are not delivered by today, the situation will get out of control.

He said the shortage has come about because the Bulk Oil Storage and Transport Company (BOST) did not deliver the expected supplies last Saturday.

Mr David Adzraku, station attendant of the GOIL filling station, said the shortage started on Saturday, December 30, and also attributed the situation to the closure of the fuel depot at Mami Water, near Atimpoku, during the Christmas holidays.

On his part, the attendant at the TOTAL filling station, Mr Ernest Vittor, said the last consignment of 4,500 litres delivered on Friday, December 29, got finished the next day.

Mr Michael Gold, Station Manager of the Ho-Dome filling station, said the station was expecting a consignment by today.

Motorists, however, hold a different view about the development, as some who were interviewed speculated that the filling stations were hoarding fuel in anticipation of price increases.

Source: Graphic