Tampuli’s good work at NPA gives him safe passage at vetting
Since the commencement of the vetting of President Akufo-Addo’s Ministers and Deputy Minister Designates, Mr Mubarak Mohammed Muntaka, has been one of the Members of the Committee who asks probing questions.
His line of questioning, which usually ends up in extracting detailed information from the various nominees, has been praised by many.
But yesterday, the audacious Muntaka Mubarak surprisingly didn’t ask the Deputy Minister Designate for Transport, Mr Alhassan Tampuli a single question, when he appeared before the committee.
Rather, Mr Muntaka just wished the nominee good luck and passed the baton to the next member on the Appointments Committee to ask questions.
The Chronicle can confirm that this safe passage wasn’t borne out of ethnicity or religious affiliation, but rather due to the good works that the nominee executed when he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) under the last government.
In fact, Mr Muntaka was not the only one who was ‘lured’ by the nominee’s competencies at the NPA, other members on the Committee made reference to it and, as a result, asked few questions instead of the thorough probing they usually subject some nominees to.
It would be recalled that under the leadership of Hassan Tampuli, implementation of the Cylinder Recirculation Model was rolled out. The aim of the policy is to ensure that 50 per cent of Ghanaians have access to safe, clean and environmentally friendly LPG for increased domestic, commercial and industrial usage by 2030.
It will also help curb rapid deforestation, arising from reliance on wood fuel or firewood, which is fast depleting the national forest cover.
Cabinet directed the NPA to roll out LPG Cylinder Recirculation Model Policy, following the Atomic Junction gas explosion incident in 2017. Seven people, including a cameraman with Net 2 TV died, whilst 132 people sustained varying degree of injuries in that gas explosion incident.
Mr Tampuli, through his guidance, ensured that the NPA received technical support from India’s National Oil Company (IOCL) towards the implementation of the policy.
That aside, the astute lawyer and Member of Parliament also helped to launch the fuel monitoring system aimed at sealing revenue leakages.
Data from the NPA shows that between 2015 and 2019, government lost over four billion Ghana Cedis in tax revenue, as a result of illegal activities in the petroleum downstream sector. Therefore, government, through the NPA introduced the National Retail Outlet Fuel Monitoring System eliminating illicit activities associated with the transportation and effective distribution of petroleum products across the country, as well as the petroleum downstream sector.
Mr. Tampuli also received the Best Quality Leadership Award, Gold Category, by the European Society for Quality Research in Las Vegas, United States of America. The European Society for Quality Research (ESQR) recognises and highlights outstanding business results, best practices, quality awareness and achievements by companies in regional and global markets.
Mr Tampuli received the award on behalf of the NPA for serving the Ghanaian populace with quality petroleum products and also for making efforts to weed out the “bad guys” operating in the system, while supporting the good ones expand their businesses.