FERTILIZER, FUEL SMUGGLING RAMPANT AT GWOLLU

FERTILIZER, FUEL SMUGGLING RAMPANT AT GWOLLU

Views: 753 Ishmael A. Junourgh, Accra, 6: 16pm Tuesday, July 25 Smuggling of subsidised chemical fertilizer and fuel booms across unapproved border ro...

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Ishmael A. Junourgh, Accra, 6: 16pm Tuesday, July 25

Smuggling of subsidised chemical fertilizer and fuel booms across unapproved border routes of Gwollu in the Sissala West District of the upper west region of Ghana.

In our recent count at Gwollu the pare-urban district capital of Sissala-West, the fuel stations are nine in number.

But, when this paper recently quizzed Member of Parliament (MP) to the staggering situation, he described the trend as ‘daylight robbery’and vows to dare decades old canker.

‘We must stand up against it,’ he stressed, and continued to chide ‘how on earth, our government subsidising a 50kg of fertilizer at 57%, we allow it to disappear,’ citing that some 4700 bags of chemical fertilizer meant for farmers in the area had allegedly disappeared. ‘Learn they do not sell yara-fertilizer any morein Gwollu’ since it is a hot cake across the borders.

He said the people should be educated out of the illegal activities by educating them to know that they are losing and causing their own owes by smuggling products subsidised for them by the central government.

But can awareness creation alone enough to stop the menace? The people seem to be fully aware of the effect of their actions as they are known to be in the illegal trade for decades taking advantage of vast unapproved routes in a small Para-urban town Gwollu.

When asked during an interview for this story at his office, the MP said ‘I do not want to pick on owners of the numerous fuel stations unnecessarily,’ but that they were unnecessarily too many fuel stations along all roads of Gwollu. ‘Are they there to sell fuel to Burkinabes? He went quizzically.

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