Premix fuel dealers urged to stop diversion of products

The Gomoa West District Chief Executive (DCE) Mr Bismark Baisie Nkum, has warned that drastic action will be taken against people who were caught diverting premix fuel products.

“The commodity is being sold to people in drums secretly and hoard them and later sell it at an exorbitant price to fishermen”, the DCE retorted.

“Even people without fishing gears and chainsaw operators are involved in this bad practice and later turn to accuse government of irregular supply of the products to fishing communities” Mr Nkum.

These came to light at a Town Hall Meeting organised by the Gomoa West District Assembly to educate the people about the proposed ban on fishing, which had been postponed at Apam.

It was jointly organised by the Gomoa West District Assembly and the Information Services Department.

Mr Nkum said recently some persons who were involved in these illicit acts were unlucky that the commodity caught fire and thus disfigured a lot of people at Apam.

The DCE was speaking at a forum held at Apam to respond to concerns raised by the Chief Fisherman of Apam, Nana Kobina Caiquo who claimed he had received lot of verbal insults from his fellow fishermen believing he was the brain behind the ban on fishing government proposed to implement in July this year.

Mr Nkum said the government had no intention to take away the livelihood of fishermen through the closure of fishing, but the idea was to protect small fish species in order to increase the stock in subsequence years.

He advised the Chief Fisherman to sensitise fisher folks to desist from utterances that would destroy the good relationship among people in the fishing communities.

The DCE said the government under President Nana Akufo-Addo has laudable plans for fishermen and fishmongers, adding that, it was the responsibility of the government to provide adequate resources to safeguard the fishing industry.

The Central Regional information Officer, Mr. Kofi Dei, asked the participants at the forum that it was good for the people in the fishing communities to be informed about the decision to ban fishing.

He called on the people to refrain from politicisation of the issues, which could have negative impact on standards of living of fishermen and fishmongers.GNA


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