Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has commissioned an Automated Premix Fuel Dispensing and Monitoring System in Elmina-Ghana, a project poised to reshape the Ghanaian fishing industry.
Addressing the public, Bawumia stated that this revolutionary initiative is geared towards eliminating longstanding issues like corruption, diversion, and inefficiencies associated with the distribution of premix fuel.
Fisherfolk can now directly obtain their fuel using Canoe Identification Cards linked to their vessels.
This bypasses the need for middlemen, aiming to resolve hoarding issues that have plagued the industry. “By guaranteeing accurate and transparent tracking, this system ensures premix fuel reaches its rightful recipients promptly,” H.E Bawumia said.
The state-of-the-art system incorporates dispensing control units, fuel sensors, card systems, and digital applications for comprehensive monitoring. Officials from the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture announced that 31 Landing Beaches are already equipped with the system, with expansions underway.
The National Premix Secretariat will use real-time data for improved forecasting and inventory management, thereby increasing efficiency.
H.E Bawumia emphasized the profound impact of the system, stating, “Its implications extend beyond technology, influencing the entire fishing industry ecosystem.” He applauded the fishing industry’s vital contribution to Ghana, both economically and in terms of food security, reaffirming the government’s commitment to address challenges.