Early this month, Ghanaians suffered acute fuel shortages and with it the return of long vehicular queues at fuel stations. For some days now, we have again been hit by a shortage of premix fuel.
The effects of these shortages are obvious. Ghanaians whose livelihoods depend on premix fuel would be badly hit. In particular, our fish farmers along the coasts would see their economic activities disrupted. This is a course for concern.
Why has the shortage of fuel (that the NPP administration worked so hard to overcome) returned to national life in the last few months?
It is obvious that the partisan removal of key technical personnel from the petroleum sub-sector and their replacement with NDC activists has been unhelpful. Why for instance was the energy-financing expert and chief executive officer of the National Petroleum Authority (Mr John Attafuah) asked to proceed on leave and replaced with Mr Alex Mould, an NDC operative and the brother of Mrs Betty Mould Iddrisu, the NDC Minister for Justice? Were there good reasons for these “proceed on leaves”?
Why have so many NDC party activists been introduced into the supply and distribution network of premix fuel in these few months? There is no doubt that the difficulties emerging in the supply of fuel, especially premix, is the consequence of the insincere manipulation of the supply and distribution processes and the mismanagement of other resources in the sub-sector.
These happenings would only make our farmers worse off. Government must show more sensitivity to the worsening quality of life and the rising cost of living in the country.