Wednesday 26th February, 2020
Tema, Feb. 26, GNA –
As part of measures to ensure equitable distribution of premix fuel at the Tema
canoe beach, a 13-member taskforce has been inaugurated by the Tema
Metropolitan Assembly (TMA).
The taskforce as
part of its terms of reference is to ensure that premix fuel is not hoarded by
operators of the 10 landing sites at the
Tema canoe beach as well as ensure that profit from the sale the fuel will be used
for community developmental projects.
The formation and
inauguration of the taskforce is fallout of some investigations done by the TMA
and the National Premix Fuel Committee on complaints received from fisher folks
on the handling of the fuel at the 10 landing beaches.
Nii Lante Bannerman,
Chairman of the National Premix Fuel Committee, inaugurating the taskforce,
said Tema topped in the number of complaints his outfit received on the premix
indicated that even though the approved price of premix per drum was GH¢482.00,
it turned out that those in charge allegedly hoarded and sold to the fishermen at a price of GH¢1,200.00.
He said “we realized
that people are creating artificial shortage by hoarding the product depriving
the fishermen of their allocation and selling at exorbitant prices to them”.
He urged the
taskforce which had a three-month tenure to ensure that 53 per cent of the
profits accrued from the sale of the premix fuel from the various landing beaches
were well accounted for and used for community projects chosen by the
He cautioned the
taskforce members against indulging in corrupt activities and conniving with
operators to hoard the fuel but should rather be vigilant.