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LPG Shortage Hits Tamale

2005-09-20 15:01:18
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Tamale Central
Home Economics students compelled to boycott practical exams.The multi-disciplinary approach and strategies being used by the government and the Okyenhene-led National Forest Plantation Board, to avert the practice of indiscriminate felling of trees and other high environmental degradations confronting the Northern Region in particular, is likely to become a futility.

Apart from the well-known peculiar problems like the protracted water shortage, violent conflicts, political disorders, high poverty level and unnecessary tensions arising from chieftaincy and land disputes, the region, especially its capital, Tamale, is now confronted with massive shortage of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), The Chronicle investigations have revealed.

This is yet another factor to contribute to the existing environmental threats already engulfing the area.

It is very unfortunate and pathetic to note that, the only LPG company supplying the over three-hundred and fifty thousand (350,000) people in the Tamale Metropolis and other uncountable number of people from nearby communities, has not been operating for almost a month now.

This has suddenly promoted the use of charcoal and firewood in the Tamale Metropolis in particular.

Another increasing practice in the Northern Regional capital is that, most women and men are cutting down the few available young trees in the nearby bushes and drying them for fuel wood.

The Chronicle uncovered that, most hotels, restaurants, chop bars and other individuals have to travel far from Tamale to the Brong Ahafo, Upper East and Ashanti Regions or give extra monies to drivers before getting access to gas.

However, the Home Economic students partaking in the WAEC’s Senior Secondary School private examination, which started yesterday, Monday September 19, had difficulty filling their cylinders for their practicals.

Some of the students The Chronicle interviewed lamented that; they were compelled to boycott the exams because of the nonexistence of the LPG and how the exam officials were insisting on them to use no other cookers apart from gas cookers.

Previously, due to the large population in Tamale, buyers had to send their gas cylinders to the only gas company, which is about five miles from town for two to three weeks before they were filled, the paper was told.

It is therefore very imperative for the government, the Forestry Commission and other stakeholders to intervene by negotiating with these LPG companies down south to open branches in the north to save the already savanna region and the few rivers in the area.

source: chronicle

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