Ghanaian singer Fameye has revealed that he received GH¢25,000 in compensation from a fuel station that sold him fuel mixed with water, which caused damage to his Honda Pilot 2019 model.
The incident occurred on March 15, 2023, when Fameye purchased fuel for GH¢700. After driving for a short distance, he discovered that his car was not functioning properly. The singer took to Twitter to share his experience with his fans.
In an interview with TV3, Fameye confirmed that his vehicle was subsequently fixed and that he had received compensation from the fuel station. However, he did not disclose the name of the fuel station involved.
The National Petroleum Authority (NPA), which is the regulator of the petroleum sector in Ghana, has stated that it is not aware of any compensation paid to Fameye.
“The NPA is not aware of any compensation paid to Fameye. Till date, Fameye is yet to disclose the fuel station that sold fuel laced with water to him,” the NPA posted on Twitter.
The incident has once again highlighted the issue of fuel adulteration in Ghana. Fuel adulteration involves the mixing of fuel with other substances, such as water, in order to increase the volume of fuel and reduce costs.
Fuel adulteration not only damages vehicle engines but also poses a serious risk to public safety. The practice is illegal in Ghana and the government has taken several measures to curb the problem, including the establishment of the NPA.
In a bid to address the issue, the NPA has introduced various measures, such as the installation of fuel marking and quality monitoring systems. The authority has also intensified its monitoring and inspection of fuel stations across the country.
Despite these efforts, fuel adulteration remains a problem in Ghana, with many motorists still falling victim to the practice. The recent incident involving Fameye serves as a reminder of the need for greater vigilance in the petroleum sector to ensure that motorists are not sold adulterated fuel.
While Fameye has received compensation for the damage caused to his car, it is important that the fuel station involved is identified and held accountable for its actions. The incident underscores the need for the NPA to continue its efforts to combat fuel adulteration in Ghana and protect motorists from unscrupulous fuel vendors.