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Coronavirus: COPEC calls for automated pumps, other Protective Gears to Safeguard transport sector

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The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) is advocating for better protection of drivers and fuel stations nationwide from the novel coronavirus threat.

According the statement issued and signed by the Executive Secretary Duncan Amoah “electronic payment systems and platforms in the payment for the services and products at these service stations as well as the payment of fares for public transport where possible.”

Though it broached the idea of the withdrawal of transport services by some providers, COPEC noted that “the repercussions could be dire if extended to all other public transport operators.”

Duncan Amoah disclosed that, COPEC has held discussions with the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) and Association of Oil Marketing Companies (AOMCS) “to immediately procure and distribute the necessary basic preventive clothing and equipments for the frontline officers including the drivers, the driver mates, pump attendants and other service providers at the lorry terminals and fuel stations to ensure a safer working environment for these frontline men and women in the discharge of their duties within this period.”

However, he urged and encouraged the public “to strictly abide by and observe all the health protocols as spelt out by the Ghana Health Service under the current circumstances to prevent an escalation in the number of infections as Authorities continue to work strenuously to contain and eradicate the upsurge and incidence of this virus outbreak”

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COPEC is therefore appealing to as many fuel stations to make all the necessary arrangements to install self-serving or automated pumps across some service station to reduce the possibility of physical contact between the customer and attendants at the various stations within this period.

Below the full statement

THE NEED TO PROTECT DRIVERS AND PUMP ATTENDANTS IN THE FACE OF THE SPREAD OF CORONA VIRUS WITHIN THE COUNTRY

News of an increase in the number of cases of the contagious Corona virus ( Covid -19 ) is currently changing a lot of interactions within the country as authorities put in stringent policies to curtail its spread and impact.

A ban on a number of activities including public and social gatherings, closing down of colleges and schools across the country, curtailing of all religious and cultural gatherings for the next 4 weeks amongst others.

News of withdrawing of services by a section of transport operators with the view to curtailing the spread of cotvid -19 sounds a legitimate preventive measure although the repercussions could be dire if extended to all other public transport operators.

In this regard, the chamber has concluded negotiations with the Association of Oil Marketing Companies ( AOMCs ) and the Ghana Private Road Transport Union ( GPRTU ) to, immediately, procure and distribute the basic preventive clothing and equipment for the frontline officers including the drivers, the driver mates, pump attendants and other service providers at the fuel stations to ensure a safer working environment for these frontline men and women in the discharge of their duties within this period.

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The chamber further encourages as many fuel stations to make arrangements, as a matter of urgency, to install self serving automated pumps across some service stations to reduce the possibility of physical contact between the customer and attendants at the various stations within this period.

We further encourage the use of electronic payment systems and platforms in the payment for the services and products at these service stations as well as the payment of fares for public transport where possible.

We encourage the public to strictly abide by and observe all the health protocols as spelt out by the Ghana health service under the current circumstances to prevent an escalation in the number of infections as Authorities continue to work strenuously to contain and eradicate the upsurge and incidence of this virus outbreak.

Signed

Duncan Amoah, Executive Secretary, COPEC

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