The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) led by the Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations Division (SSR) has courted the support of Chief Fishermen, Political heads and opinion leaders in the Central region to curb an imminent danger as a result of fishing activities around the Saltpond Oil Fields decommissioning area.
Some fishermen are blatantly defying the safety precautions and directives from the Navy and the GNPC to stay away from fishing in the 500 metres Exclusive Zone in the project area.
The worrying trend is that some of the fishermen are encroaching on the Exclusive Zone in carrying out their fishing activities. These incursions are causing interference in the execution of the project.
Deputy Manager, Social Performance and Local Content, Ms Patience Lartey in all the engagements reiterated the importance of respecting the exclusive zone directives by all fishermen.
“We need you all to speak to the fishermen not to come to the exclusive zone. What we are doing is very dangerous and we have people coming there and a machine falls into the canoe that would be disastrous. So they should be careful.”
The MCE for Mfantseman Ike Lord Ennu added that his assembly is equally not happy about the development in the area and would do his best to ensure that the issue is resolved.