Dr Mohammed Amin Adam
The Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) has called on African governments to instantly take steps to constrict regulations to stop product traders from trading the health of hardworking citizens for profit.
ACEP also urged oil traders to respect the African citizen’s rights to good health and carry quality fuel that they deliver to the European Market.
Executive Director of ACEP, Dr Mohammed Amin Adam said while launching a report titled “Dirty Diesel” in Accra said the three-year researched document indicated how consumer health was been changed for the profit of companies that supply fuel to Africa.
The report published by its partners, Public EYE, highlights how Swiss commodity trading firms develop slack regulatory standards to sell to African consumers fuel with high sulfur content. These types of fuel have long been banned in Europe produced by the trading firms themselves
Dr Mohammed Amin Adam said Kenya’s example of restrictive Sulphur content to 50ppm is worth imitating by the rest of Africa. He added that “it is, therefore, a collective duty on all— regulators, civil society, government, the media and the relevant stakeholders to be part of the advocacy to reduce pollution and its assistant health risks.
He said The ACEP distinguishes the key role oil traders’ play in the African nations’ economics, which must surely come with some reward.
He continued, however, there is also the responsibility on the traders to be moral and just to charge negative impact of their business. As making profit is good but profit must also be made with the moral fowl.
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