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Regional News Wed, 17 Oct 2012

Gas shortage hits Sunyani Municipality

The Sunyani Municipality was on Tuesday hit by shortage of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) with some taxi cabs that ply the area parked in queues at various LPG filling stations.

Workers were seen standing for hours along some principal streets of the municipality waiting for taxis to convey them to their work places.

The Ghana News Agency (GNA) has observed that some of the taxis that use petrol or diesel in the municipality had been converted into gas use because of the perceived economic gains.

On the Abesim-Sunyani road, some workers were seen walking to their work places in the Sunyani Township.

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Some taxi drivers told the GNA that the situation was not different at Estate, New Dormaa, Penkwasi, Mmeredane and Baakoniaba, all suburbs of Sunyani, as the gas filing stations there were not operating.

At the Joe Kona and Trinity Gas filling stations along the Abesim-Sunyani road, vehicles were in queues and some drivers said they woke up as early as 0400 hours to join the queue. Asked why some taxis use gas, Kofi Emmanuel, a driver, said he could use GHC60 worth of the product for more than two days and make a lot of profit.

He said drivers who use petrol for the vehicles could not make much profit.

Kofi Emmanuel said the demand for gas by taxi drivers has resulted in intermittent shortage of the product in the municipality, this year.

Source: GNA
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