The government has accused fishermen in the Central Region of politicizing issues relating to the operations.

The fishermen are angry with the Mills-led administration for what they call a litany unfulfilled promises made to them during the 2008 electioneering campaigns.

The angry fishermen have thus declared their support for the flag-bearer aspirant of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo.

They claim the prices of their fishing equipment have increased astronomically, contrary to promises by then candidate Mills that the prices of their working tools will not increase under his presidency.

But a Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture in charge of Fisheries, Nii Amasah Namoale has dismissed the claims, saying president Mills never made such promises to the fishermen.

He told Joy News the only promise the president made during his campaigns was that the distribution of premix fuel will be streamlined under his presidency to save the fishermen the hustle they went through trying to secure the essential commodity.

That promise, according to him had been fulfilled.

“We never promised that prices of [fishing] gadgets will not increase because if you look at inflation, dollar rate and all those things, no political party will ever say that” prices will not increase in their administration, he stated.

Nii Namoale accused some of the chief fishermen of fomenting trouble because they were no longer getting illegal money that came to them because they were solely in-charge of distributing premix fuel.

Story by Malik Abass Daabu/Myjoyonline.com/Ghana

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