Gov’t to introduce automated distribution system to halt diversion and hoarding of premix fuel

Mavis Hawa Koomson automated distribution

By Edzorna Francis Mensah

The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development has begun the process of automating the distribution system of premix fuel to stop diversion and hoarding of the product.

According to the Sector Minister, Mavis Hawa Koomson the National Premix Fuel Secretariat (NPFS) has taken steps which she said, “have brought about a decline in the diversion of premix fuel”.

She also disclosed that NPFS is collaborating with the National Petroleum Authority to install tracking devices on trucks which supply premix fuel to the landing beaches.

The Minister made this known on the floor of Parliament on 9th February, 2022 when responding to a question asked by P for Ledzokuku, Benjamin Narteh Ayiku on what steps the Minister is deploying to stop the diversion of premix fuel provided for fisher folks particularly those along the coast.

In related development, Madam Hawa Koomson says construction work on the commercial farm at Amrahia has started with 44% level of completion.

This she said, includes completion of the civil work, on the classrooms, students’ and staff accommodation, mechanic workshop and packing warehouses. The platforms for the prefabricated system have also been completed.

Responding to a question asked by MP for Kwesimintim, Dr. Prince Hamidu Armah, the Minister added that, the Ministry would expedite action to ensure the early completion of the facility to pave way for the admission of trainees by August, 2022.

Still on the Fisheries Sector, the Minister said, the enforcement of fisheries and regulations requires effective collaboration between relevant Agencies and “therefore, the Fisheries Enforcement Unit (FEU) consists of Ghana Navy, the Ghana Marine Police and staff of the Fisheries Commission to ensure that fisheries laws are enforced”.

She noted that, the Ministry also has been in constant engagement with the Attorney-General’s Department to ensure the prosecution of cases. “The Ministry will continue to build on this collaboration and strengthen them to enhance the enforcement of the laws. The Ministry will also ensure that the needed logistics required for their effective and efficient operation are provided.

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