Thursday, August 6, 2009

By Bismarck Nii Ogbamey Tetteh & Leticia Allachie

THE RECENT shortage of premix fuel was last Wednesday resolved with the unveiling of a new brand of fuel.
Briefing the fishermen on the current issue pertaining to the premix fuel at Mantse Agbonaa, James Town in Accra, Zita Okaikoi, the Minister of Information said “people who are politicizing the shortage of the premix fuel are the very people causing the shortage.”
She added that measures have been put in place to ensure that fishermen do not face such problems stressing that “if the fishermen do not go and fish, prices of fish will rise and the consumers will be greatly affected.”
Mrs Okaikoi added that the colour of the new premix fuel has been changed from the old colour yellow to blue and that the new fuel will not affect the engines of the fisherman’s outboard motor in any way.
She also admitted that the new structures put in place requires that the premix fuel tanker drivers must inscribe premix on all the sides of their trucks and that anyone who refuses will not be allowed to purchase the premix fuel at Tema Oil Refinery.
The Information Minister also stated that tracking devices would be placed on each and every premix tanker to prevent the drivers from diverting from their locations.
Mrs. Okaikoi declared that the current government has cancelled pair trawling and asked fishermen to report any foreign vessel fishing on the sea to the police.
Nii Abeo Kyerekuanda, the chief fisherman added that the days where fishermen were regarded as useless and worthless is over.
Mr. Nicole also added that the fishermen are suppose to bring representatives for the formation of the committee which will be in charge of the sales of the premix.
Mr. Jonathan Nii Tackie Kommey, M.P. for Odododiodoo, assured that before the close of the week, they will provide the names of the representatives.


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