Angry fishermen threaten naked demonstration over premix shortage

Angry fishermen in the Gomoa West District of the Central Region are threatening to storm the Flagstaff House and Parliament naked if the Ministry of Fisheries fails to supply them with premix fuel.

The agitated fishermen gave President Nana Akufo-Addo up to Friday to call persons in charge to order else they will embark on a naked demonstration.

The 2014 National Best Fisherman in the Central region, Nana Ekow Panyin, who spoke on behalf of the fishermen, said the Minister in charge should not tempt them because it would not end well.

Fisher folks in Ghana have and continue to play a cardinal role in the country’s development. In addition to providing jobs to over two million citizens involved directly and indirectly with local fishing, fish also serves as food with high nutritional value.

That perhaps underpins the rationale behind the introduction of Premix fuel by former President J. J. Rawlings under the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government of 1992 and later improved by the late former President Prof. John Mills in May 2009, with the introduction of Landing Beach Committees (LBCs).

This was to empower the fisher folks to oversee the sale and distribution of Premix fuel the local fishing communities.



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