The presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. John Dramani Mahama, says he will fix the challenges of premix fuel shortages by supplying it directly to fishers.
According to him, the “middle men” created by President Akufo-Addo in the supply chain of premix fuel frustrate fishermen, adding he will remove them to ensure direct supply to fishers at the various landing beaches.
Mr. Mahama gave the assurance when he addressed various meetingswith chiefs, organized groups, and members and supporters of the NDC at Old Chantan, Bomoden, Damanko, Siibi and Kpassa as part of his three-day tour of the Oti Region which ended on Monday.
He said a new NDC government will facilitate the acquisition and supply of fishing inputs such as outboard motors and fishing nets on credit to fishers. This, he said, will ease the financial burden on fishers and enable them to work in peace.
On agriculture, Mr. Mahama announced the setting up of farmers mechanization centers across all districts to facilitate the work of farmers.
“So, if you are a farmer and you want to weed your farm, you will go the farmers service centre and the machine will come and weed for you. The farmer will only pay for the cost of the service after harvesting is over and the produce has been marketed”, he explained.
Mr. Mahama noted the general hardship in the country due to the mismanagement of the economy by the Akufo-Addo government, adding the next NDC government will work hard to provide jobs and reduce the high cost of living in the country.
It would be recalled that in 2017, at least 200 cases of premix fuel diversions were cited by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), since January 2017.
The Ministry of Energy, in May 2017, subsequently ordered the Fisheries Ministry to probe the companies alleged to be complicit in the fuel diversion, but that did not happen.
It emerged that the Acting Administrator of the National Premix Secretariat, Mr. Joseph Botchwey, a brother of the Fisheries Minister, Mrs. Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, was appointed to the position by his sister, the Minister.