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GOV'T MOVES TO TACKLE PREMIX DIVERSION

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As part of comprehensive measures to halt the perennial diversion of pre-mix fuel, government has formed Regional Monitoring Teams to monitor the supply and distribution of the product, Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Elizabeth Naa Afoley Quaye, has disclosed.

As part of comprehensive measures to halt the perennial diversion of pre-mix fuel, government has formed Regional Monitoring Teams to monitor the supply and distribution of the product, Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Elizabeth Naa Afoley Quaye, has disclosed.

 

“Central region will have theirs; Western region too; Volta and Greater Accra will have theirs, as well and all the regions along the Volta Lake will have their teams to monitor the disbursement of the fuel,” she said.

According to the minister, the measures, being spearheaded by Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, would ensure that the issue of pre-mix diversion is permanently curbed.

Government, last week, cited a syndicate made of oil marketing companies, landing beach committee members, as well as transporters as those behind the diversion of premix fuel.

A joint statement issued by the Ministries of Energy, Fisheries and Aquaculture as well the National Petroleum Authority stated that the syndicate after loading the premix fuel from the Tema Oil Refinery failed to deliver the products to the desired destination.

Over 200 cases of premix diversions have been recorded this year alone, costing the nation over 22 million cedis. The situation, according to sources at the NPA, was worst in the previous years.

However, in an interview with the Daily Statesman, the Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture assured that the phenomenon was being addressed comprehensively by her ministry.

She indicated that plans were far advanced to have tracking devices at the premix secretariat to track the transporters who engage in the diversion.

The Minister pointed out that the issue of premix fuel diversion was mostly a syndicate work between Oil Marketing Companies and the landing beaches.

“We believe the diversion cannot happen without the connivance of the transporters and the OMCs,” she said.

As result of this alleged connivance, she said her outfit had alerted the police who would move in to arrest anyone found to be diverting the pre-mix fuel.

“We are also going to improve the relationship between the NPA and the pre-mix secretariat so that when there is information from the NPA, it can quickly be transferred to the premix Secretariat for them to act on it,” Madam Afoley Quaye added.

The Minister clarified that even though she could not deny the fact that the issue of premix diversion existed, her outfit was putting in place pragmatic measures to halt the activities of the various cartels behind the illegal move, something she alleged had incurred their wrath.

She assured Ghanaians, especially the fisher-folk, that contrary to media reports that there was shortage of premix fuel for about 800 canoes at the Tema Fishing Harbour, her checks indicated otherwise.

“In fact, I went there today (Sunday) and I found out that they had been given six trucks of premix fuel as at Friday. I am more concerned with how fishermen will get fuel to go about their businesses and complement government’s efforts to make the fishing industry buoyant,” she said.

The minister also advised fishermen to desist from using chemicals in their expedition since it has the potential to affect the country’s fish stock.

“We need sustainable fisheries so that Ghanaians can have enough fish. We have a lot in our water bodies but we are depleting them because of our actions,” she lamented.