Don’t misuse premix fuel revenue – GNCFC
Mr Kofi Ahiakpor, Secretary of the Ghana National Canoe Fishermen’s Council (GNCFC) has cautioned Landing Bay Committees (LBC) against misusing the 53 per cent premix fuel revenue.
He said the money was neither a windfall for members nor a reward for ‘powerful’ persons in their communities.
Mr Ahiakpor gave the advise in an interview with the GNA at Keta, when the nearby Kedzikope LBC presented 15 computers and accessories worth GH¢6,000 from the premix revenue to the Keta Roman Catholic Basic School.
Mr Ahiakpor said the premix levy was a reserve for the respective fishing communities to invest in projects of their choice.
He expressed dissatisfaction with the manner in which LBCs in coastal areas of the Volta Region managed the fund during the past two and a half years.
“Aside Tetekope which has something to show, Volta LBCs are performing below expectation”, Mr Ahiakpor said, and commended LBCs in the Central, Western and Greater-Accra Regions for their good investments.
He cited the Bantama and Apam LBCs in the Central Region for investing in a street light project and a 16-room bathhouse facility respectively.
Miemia in the Western Region, Mr Ahiakpor said, had also constructed an eight-room teachers quarters, while Abuesi LBC put up a 24-seater toilet for the community.
Mr Ahiakpor said Akplabanya in the Greater-Accra reshaped the township roads and re-roofed the community basic school, while Tema LBC rehabilitated the toilet.
The GNCFC Secretary urged communities to show interest in the management of the revenue and to ensure that it benefited them all.
Togbe James Ocloo V, Chief of Keta who presented the items on behalf of the LBC, expressed the hope that the items would be put to good use.
He also cut the sod for the construction of a canteen for the school to be funded by the Kedzikope LBC.