Fisheries Minister Engages with Stakeholders

The Honourable Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Hon. Mavis Hawa Koomson chaired a stakeholder meeting to understand the operational challenges of Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) and seek ways to improve the longstanding partnership between them and the Ministry.

The meeting which came off on Wednesday 24th March 2021 in Accra was to give the Minister insight into the activities of Oil Marketing Companies, particularly their role in the distribution of Premix Fuel.

In her submission, Hon. Koomson emphasized that engaging with stakeholders was apt because she believed that for government to achieve its goal of boosting the local fish industry, it was essential to work closely with industry players like the National Fisheries Association of Ghana (NAFAG), National Premix Fuel Committee and the OMCs.

She added that the meeting had been called to discuss Premix Fuel related issues, particularly diversions which she noted was a niggling concern for her.

She asserted that the law would deal with any individual who seeks to circumvent laid down operational guidelines with the hope to profit at the detriment of the Ministry.

Representatives of the Oil Marketing Companies outlined some of the issues hindering the smooth flow of their work. They fingered Premix Fuel diversion, extended loading time for trucks at Tema Oil Refinery, nefarious middlemen distorting the supply chain through hoarding as some of the prominent challenges confronting them.

The Honourable Minister indicated that a 7-member committee be instituted to deliberate on the key issues bedeviling the subsector and subsequently come up with solutions to deal with them head-on.

She tasked the National Premix Fuel Secretariat to review the working relationship with OMCs with the hope to improve output and consequently affect the Premix Fuel distribution value chain positively.