The reconstituted National Premix Fuel Committee is devising measures to monitor and eliminate the diversion and artificial shortage of premix fuel by middlemen.
Mr. Kweku Sersah-Johnson, chairman of the committee, who announced this, said the National Premix Fuel Committee with support from the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, had entered into discussions with the authorities and major stakeholders in the fishing industry to help tackle the menace.
He was speaking at the end-of-year meeting of the National Inland Canoe Fishermen Council of Ghana in Accra.
The chairman stated that the committee was geared towards working with open hands with all stakeholders in the fishing industry, to ensure transparency and fairness in dealing with fishermen and fishmongers in the country.
He said the committee had consulted its parent ministry and a number of agencies to possibly procure fibre glass canoes to help improve the trade of all fishermen.
The procurement of the canoes, he said, would have a flexible payment plan to enable fishermen to acquire them adding that the initiative would prevent the fast depletion of forest areas for canoe building.
The National Chairman of the Inland Canoe Fishermen Council, Mr. Vincent Kaledzi, noted that the meeting was meant to review activities of the council members and discuss issues that concerned their welfare.
According to him, about 1200 fishing communities along the Volta Lake faced challenges, including decline water level, climate change and artificial scarcity of premix fuel in fishing communities along the Lake.
From Ama Tekyiwaa Ampadu-