Yeji townshi
Yeji Townshi

The institute of financial and Economic Journalist (IFEJ) with sponsorship from Star Ghana conducted an investigation geared toward the living conditions of the people of Yeji in the Brong Ahafo Region.

Yeji is a town with a population of about 35,000 inhabitants located on the shores of lake Volta in the pru- district in the Brong Ahafo Region. Their predominant occupation is fishing which fetch them with income to make their living more sustainable.

 

Over the past two years, they have been struggling and grappling with the supply of premix fuel which is massively hampering their fishing activity, thus retarding their income and making living unbearable for them.

Speaking with Hon. Yahaya Ibrahim who is the assembly member and also assembly representative in charge of premix fuel in the pru-district, lamented that they are currently receiving two consignments of fuel tankers in a week which is approximately to 27,600litres, instead of five consignments of fuel tankers in a week which is approximately to 69,000litres and that they do not know where exactly the rest of the fuel go. That alone is insufficient for them to serve about more than 150 canoes in the district, and also serve their neighborhood communities around the Volta Lake including; Buipe, Krachi, Dambai, Gemani, Abotease, and Kwamekrom. Thus, pru-district has become a center for premix fuel supply to other neighborhood communities thereby, putting a lot of pressure on them and limiting the product to meet the demands of the entire community.

 

The seven member committee in charge of the premix fuel in the pru-district including; the landing beach chairman, chief fisherman, boat owner representative, fish monger, pump attendant secretary, member of the ministry of agriculture, and the assembly member have all appealed several times to the government to increase the supply of the premix fuel but their demands have proved futile and therefore calling on the government once again to consider its decision and expedite action in order not to drag the entire community into a ransom poverty.

 

They are also pleading with their member of parliament, Hon. Dr. Kwabena Donkor to persistently channel their grievances through the appropriate quarters and ensure that they have adequate supply of premix fuel needed.

 

Source: Gilbert Morton.

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