…But Demand Regular Supply
By Alfred K. Dogbey
The Chief Fisherman in- charge of Winneba Landing Beach in the Central Region, Chief Neenyi Muni Kaako IV, has expressed great satisfaction over the latest premix fuel price increased by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA).
Chief Neenyi Muni Kaako IV told The Herald in an exclusive interview last Friday at Winneba, that so far as they can have regular supply of the fuel, the increment is commendable and in the right direction.
According to him, unlike in the past where the price was less, yet difficult to come by the product, but since the increment was announced, supply has been stable and encouraging.
He debunked claims by some section of the public and opposition elements that the new premix cost was too high and unbearable for fisher folks to afford.
He explained that the difference between the new price and the old is virtually the same.
Chief Neenyi Kaako IV, who is also the chairman of the Winneba Premix Fuel Committee disclosed that previously, a gallon of premix fuel was GH¢2.70pesewas but now at GH¢3.70 pesewas, a different of only GH¢1.00, and asked fishermen across the country be to grateful to government for
making the premix fuel accessible, instead of demonizing NPA over the increment.
He narrated how before the increment, people who went fishing in the night needed to purchase GH¢15.00 of fuel just for one night, which was even very difficult to get, but now things have improved tremendously.
The Chief-fisherman said that, “it was proper to increase the price, while fishermen receive fuel regularly to progress fishing business, than maintained the old price for fishermen to suffer the consequence of struggling for fuel”.
A visit by The Herald to one of the premix fuel stations, confirmed indeed, that fuel was flowing and most fishermen who had gone there to purchase, had gotten the quantity of the fuel they wanted and left for fishing. Only few customers were at the filling station, patiently
waiting with their heavy yellow gallons, popularly called “Kufour gallon” to be served.
Meanwhile, Chief Neenyi Kaako IV, was unhappy about persistent light fishing by fishermen despite the ban. According to him, the practice is rising and creating a lot of problems for fishermen in the country, who are powerless to deal drastically with the issue and perpetrators.
He explained that most fishermen who are involved in the practice when caught often defend themselves that there is no law to prosecute them from doing that, therefore, nobody can stop them from the act.
The chief fisherman, however, called on the government and relevant authorities to as a matter of urgency, give the necessary powers to the police to enable them prosecute offenders, whenever they were caught in the act.
The NPA last Thursday, July 31 increased the prices of some petroleum products with premix fuel having the highest increment.
This according to NPA was in line with the Government of Ghana’s (GoG) policy directive to achieve full pass-through petroleum product prices.
Premix fuel which was selling at 66.82 GHp/lt increased by 19.94 per cent as the pump price goes up to 80.14 GHp/lt.
A statement issued by the NPA and signed by its Chief Executive, Alex Mould said, the review of the maximum indicative prices of petroleum products takes effect from Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 6:00 am.
The Authority explained that since the last adjustment of the pump prices of petroleum products on July 17, 2013, prices of petroleum products have experienced volatility on the international market.
It said that the Price of Brent (DTD) crude oil has been increased from USD105.87/bbl to USD109.08/bbl, representing a 3.04 per cent increase.
However, the prices of Petrol (premium) and Diesel (gas oil) remained unchanged “although international prices have gone up by 5.6 per cent to 2.1 per cent respectively,” the NPA said. The price of Unified was also not affected.
But Kerosene which was sold at 115.03 GHp/lt would now sell at 124.79 GHp/lt indicating an 8.41 per cent increase.
MGO Local will now sell at 196.85 a jump of 11.85 per cent from 176.00.
RFO has also gone up from 100.58 to 104.70. LPG recorded a difference of 3.39 per cent; the current price will be 219.55kg from 212.35kg.