The Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Hon. Mavis Hawa Koomson has charged Management of Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) to work assiduously to ensure adequate supply of Premix Fuel across the landing beaches for a smooth operation of the fishing industry.

She said just as fueling is essential in the movement of vehicles, the fisher folks also need Premix Fuel to enhance their work. The Minister made this statement when she paid a working visit to TOR on Monday, 22nd March 2021 in Accra to familiarize herself with the processes involved in the lifting and distribution of Premix Fuel.

Her visit was to also afford her the opportunity to gain more knowledge on the activities of TOR while deepening the Ministry’s working relationship with the company. Hon Koomson was accompanied by a delegation from the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD) and the Administrator of the National Premix Fuel Secretariat.

Government in July 2009 established the National Premix Fuel Secretariat (NPFS) under MoFAD with the mandate to facilitate the efficient distribution and monitoring of Premix Fuel to the fishing communities nationwide.

One of the mandates of the NPFS is to constitute Landing Beach Committees (LBCs) at various Landing Beaches, thereby giving fishers an opportunity to actively participate in the Premix Fuel distribution chain. The NPFS is also mandated to perform technical and administrative functions related to the distribution and management of Premix Fuel.

Hon. Koomson assured TOR of the Ministry’s unflinching support towards a better working relationship that will help Government achieve its goal of ensuring fish food and nutritional security for the citizenry.

The Managing Director of TOR, Mr. Francis A.T. Boateng thanked the Minister and her delegation for the visit, and noted that the refinery would not relent in supporting the activities of fishers and pledged his outfit’s dedication to continue to supply the Premix Fuel to ensure timely distribution along the coastal regions.

Mr. Boateng stated that they had been working closely with the National Premix Fuel Secretariat to ensure adequate quantities of Premix Fuel were made available to the fisher folks.

 He was of the view that, having a good relationship with the Ministry would aid TOR to understand the market demand for the product and track it regularly to ensure the quantities produced were sufficient to meet the market demand.

For her part, the Distribution Manager of TOR, Madam Roselyn Fiagbe explained that the refinery ensures constant supply of Premix Fuel to all landing beaches through the various oil marketing companies. She said there were three (3) Bulk Distribution Companies (BDCs) linked to the premix in the refinery that supply the Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs).

She indicated that though the daily demand is fifty (50) trucks, TOR is currently able to supply between thirty-four (34) to forty trucks (40), and occasionally exceeds forty (40) trucks.

source : Public Relation Unit, MoFAD