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Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Elizabeth Naa Afoley Quaye has said that the alleged involvement of members of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the diversion of premix fuel needs to be investigated.
According to her such allegations are perceptive and evidence must be provided to back the accusations.
Speaking to journalists during a three-day familiarisation tour in the Western region, the minister argued that such crimes may not be perpetuated by members of the NPP as it is being speculated.
She says the constitution of the Premix Committee in all coastal communities has brought about significant improvement in curbing diversion of premix fuel.
“We have inaugurated a premix monitoring body within the regions or within the fishing areas so they are doing a good work and so far we haven’t had issues with diversion. With regards to people’s perception that it is NPP members who are perpetrating such crimes it is a perception like I said so it has to be verified, it has to be investigated. I’m not too sure members of the NPP would want to do that…,” she said.
During the tour, Ms Quaye was disheartened that cases of unregulated and unreported fishing remain prevalent in the Western region.
Her visit to the Fisheries Commission in the region coincided with the confiscation of some generator sets and other machinery used for illegal fishing. She explained that a court order may be needed to dispose of the items seized by the Fisheries Enforcement Unit.
She is expected to visit coastal communities in Shama, Sekondi, Axim and other aquaculture developments inland in Enchi, Sefwi Wiawso and Akropong.