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Blame OMCs For Premix Fuel Diversion –Report

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Investigations by the Ministries of Energy and Fisheries and Aquaculture Development in collaboration with the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) and National Premix Fuel Committee (NPFC), have revealed that some Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) are responsible for the diversion of premix fuel meant for fisherfolks in some areas.

In a release signed by representatives from the four institutions, the culprits, after loading the premix fuel from the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), do not deliver the products to the desired destinations.

Therefore, in an attempt to reverse the negative trends, the NPFC would no longer supply premix fuel to the suspected OMCs while the supply of premix fuel to the lake region would be restricted to some ports.

Following this, “All premix fuel outlets must be reviewed and those that do not meet the requirements closed down,” the statement revealed.

The statement also called for an improved collaboration between the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, NPA and the NPFC.

“Going forward, increased and wider stakeholder consultation will be employed in a bid to reform the premix sector;” it read.

The NPA and NPFC promise to continue with investigations noted that those found culpable will be brought to book.

Background

The news of the diversion of over 200 trucks of pre-mix products meant for the engines of the fishermen in some fishing communities across the country had hit the waves with fisherfolks pointing fingers at various institutions and personalities.

Various faction of public had called on government to investigate and punish those involved in the illegal act.

Premix fuel is a subsidised product that attracts lower charges than the traditional white petroleum products of petrol and diesel.

It is a blend of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) or petrol to a portion of auto lubricants to achieve the needed viscosity for the engines of fishing boats and vessels.

By: Grace Ablewor Sogbey/ ksogbey@gmal.com

 

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