President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appealed to the chiefs and people of Nandom in the Upper West Region to help in government’s efforts to stop fertiliser smuggling from Ghana to neighbouring countries, particularly Burkina Faso.
He called on eminent chiefs of the Nandom Traditional Council to cooperate with security agencies to help nip the phenomenon in the bud.
Smuggling of subsidised fertilisers into neighbouring countries has led to shortages in the northern regions.
In a passionate appeal to wrap up his two-day tour of the Region, President Akufo-Addo said the “few greedy criminals” are putting the whole country at a disadvantage as the tax payer’s money is what is used to subsidise the fertilisers.
“I request your cooperation with the security agencies so we can stop the smuggling of fertilisers from Ghana to our neighbouring countries,” he appealed.
“Fertilisers are being given to our farmers at a subsidised price. These subsidies are being borne by the Ghanaian tax payer. They are the responsibility of government and therefore of the tax payer.
“We should not allow a few greedy criminals to take fertilisers subsidized by all of us across to sell in Burkina Faso. They are bringing disadvantage to all of us.”
President Akufo-Addo paid a working visit to Upper West Region on Tuesday and Wednesday to keep up with progress of work on several projects.
This was after he had spent two days in the Savannah Region on a similar visit.