Premix shortage: Fisheries minister allay fears despite growing discontent

Fisher folks have over the past few weeks been complaining of shortage of premix fuel along some landing beaches in the Western Region. Complaints are rife in Shama, Ahanta West, Sekondi, Takoraid, Axim, Ellemble, and Jomoro.

However  Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development Elizabeth Afoley Quaye insists there is no shortage of premix fuel.

Rather, she said the Tema Oil Refinery which produces the product has been inundated by request as “we are in the main fishing season”. She also added some pumps at TOR have become faulty.

The minister explained managers are working around the clock to fix the pumps so that supply can be ramped up.

A meeting is scheduled for today Tuesday July 25, 2017 between the leadership of the National Premix Secretariat and TOR to fashion out ways to improve on the delivery of the fuel, she said.

But in an earlier interview with Skyy Power fm, Chairman for the National Premix Committee Nii Lantey Bannerman contended TOR is unable to meet the demands.

“TOR as we speak does not have the capacity to do more that thirty trucks per day. So if we have an allocation for about 200 places and if TOR can do only 30 trucks per day, then it would take 7 days to fill these trucks. And requests keep coming each day for fuel allocation, he stated.”

But while TOR works to fix the problem, some fishermen have resolved to relocate to Ivory Coast if the problem persists.

According to them government should be bold and tell them the truth.

Some of them were emphatic they have not received any consignment for the past two months and wonders what is actually happening.

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