A delegation from the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development has paid a condolence visit to victims of the fire incident recorded at the Elmina Landing Beach on 7th June 2021.
The delegation which was led by Nana Abrokwa A. Asare, Administrator of the National Premix Fuel Secretariat (NPFS) had embarked on the visit at the behest of the Honourable Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Hon. Mavis Hawa Koomson (MP).
At a stakeholder meeting held at the KEEA Capital assembly, Nana Abrokwa A. Asare noted that the delegation from The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, had been sent by the Honourable Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Hon. Mavis Hawa Koomson (MP) to assess the reported fire incident and formally condole with victims and stakeholders.
Current state of the accident side(Left) and charred remains of outboard motors consumed by the fire(right)
The mid-morning morning inferno reportedly consumed two (2) outboard motors, two (2) canoes, one water pump, some fishing inputs and fish worth about GHS 40,000.
Acting Regional Director of the Central Region, Matilda Ajakameh in a remark stated that the site where the incident occurred may not be suitable for Premix Fuel storage and so a new plan had to be worked on in that regard. She explained that a fishmonger who lost about GHS 40,000 worth of fish has been comforted and assured of support to resume business soon. She added that the fish had been contaminated by the anti-fire chemical sprayed by the Fire Service during efforts to douse the raging flames.
The delegation later met, interacted and made a cash donation to both victims with a promise that upon a full assessment of the incident, a decision will be made by the Ministry on how to best assuage the impact of the accident on their lives.
Both victims received handouts to support their medical bills
The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development is determined to end incidences of fire outbreaks at Landing Beaches and other Premix Fuel sale sites. To achieve this, the Ministry has worked extensively with the National Premix Fuel Secretariat to roll out an impending automation of all Premix Fuel sale outlets. This has since received cabinet approval and should see comprehensive implementation soon. In the meantime, a pilot version of the automation system has been situated at the Nungua Landing Beach where an assessment of its efficiency is being done.
SAMUEL OWUSU-ADUOMI (COMMUNICATION OFFICER, NPFS)