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Fishermen complain gas stations over demand for US dollars

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Fishermen in Liberia have complained gas stations of allegedly demanding United States dallors from customers, saying they face challenge in getting product.

Addressing reporters in the Township of West Point Thursday, 26 March, Fanti Chief Fishermen Mr. Kofi Kwansah disclosed that several fishermen from his community who had visited some gas stations in Monrovia were told to buy gasoline in United States dollars, something he says is a challenge to their survival.

Kwansah laments that since fishermen started fishing in Liberia, at no time had they been requested to buy gas at any filling stations with U.S. dollars here.
He expains that this has contributed to shortage of fish in West Point as fishermen are unable to go fishing.

“Our fishing canoes are parked and we cannot go to fihing so how do the gas stations operators expect us to survive. Something urgently must be done by the government to ensure that this practice stops as the action by these filling stations undermines government’s revenue generations,” Mr. Kwansah asserts.

He appeals to the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) to deploy agents from the ministry to police filling stations to ascertain unfolding events that have characterized the gasoline market.

Meanwhile, Chief Fishermen Kwansah says he and other officials of the Fanti community are helping government to fight the Coronavirus by spreading preventive messages to protect themselves from the virus.By Emmanuel Mondaye—Edited by Winston W. Parley

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