Canoe and Gear Owners Association deplores inconsistent supply and diversion of pre-mixed fuel
The Canoe and Gear Owners Association of Ghana deplores the inconsistent supply and mismanagement of pre-mixed fuel at the country’s landing beaches.
According to the fishermen, the relentless diversion of premix fuel and the mismanagement of the distribution of the product seem to have reached a fever pitch, with the recent case in Keta in the Volta region as proof.
At a press conference in Sege in the Greater Accra Region, a member of the National Executive Committee of the Ghana Canoe and Gear Owners Association, Daniel Ameduameh Sotie, called on the President to intervene and ensure an adequate supply of pre-mixed fuel for disembarkation. beaches.
Declining catches by artisanal fishers over the years have compounded the hardships of fishing communities. The current economic situation in the country has further aggravated the difficulties.
Furthermore, the Association claims that the situation has been aggravated by the irregular supply of premixed fuel to the various landing beaches and the poor management of distribution by the landing beach committees.
“With rising fuel prices, anglers cannot afford Super XP and engine oil as substitutes for pre-mixed fuel, which has been the case in the past. It is very unfortunate that anglers who should observing a month-long closed season in July cannot go fishing now because we cannot get the pre-mixed fuel,” he said.
Additionally, the Association said the high level of politicization of the sale of premix on landing beaches is the driving force behind the mismanagement and impunity with which many landing beach committees (LBCs) mismanage dispensing premix fuel.
“The supply of pre-mixed fuel and its related issues seriously threaten the successful implementation of the 2022 closed fishing season. “We call on the President of the Republic, His Excellency, Nana Akufo-Addo, to intervene and ensure the supply of premixed fuel to the landing beaches”, pleaded the Association.
Mr. Daniel Ameduameh Sotie further said that they are looking forward to the planned automation of the distribution and sale of pre-mixed fuel by the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development to relieve the fishermen.
“We call on the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and the National Premix Committee to urgently engage LBCs, investigate them and take necessary action,” he said.