Fishing Associations court the Support of Hawa Koomson

Leadership of some fishing associations under the National Fisheries Association of Ghana (NAFAG), have openly offered their support to the minister-designate for the sector, Mavis Hawa Koomson, assuring her of their readiness to work with her should she get the nod from Parliament to lead the sector.

Leaders and some Members of the Ghana National Canoe Fisherman Council, Ghana Inland Fisheries, National Association of Fisheries and Processors and the Ghana Inshore Fisheries Association, made the pledge, when they paid a courtesy call on the minister-designate at the Osu Castle.

The call on the Minister-designate, according to the President of the Ghana Inshore Fisheries Association, Joseph Nii Armah Quaye, was to formally introduce the rank and file of the associations to the incoming minister, and also update her on teething challenges facing the fishing sector.

He also charged the minister designate to ensure that she gives the necessary attention to aquaculture with much emphasis on fish farming and mariculture, which they believe can address the unemployment challenges among the youth and also yield financial dividends to the country’s purse.

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On his part, the Public Relations Officer of the National Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council, Nana Joojo Solomon, emphasized the need for the minister-designate to be open and create an enabling environment to accommodate views and opinions from stakeholders in the industry, when given the clearance by parliament.

The minister-designate commended the leadership of the various fishing associations, for their open support and determination to work with her, for the progress of the sector. She assured them of her readiness to ensure the fishing sector bounces back to its past glory. She said a fishing ministry under her leadership will not only ensure all areas under the sector are equipped and developed to the betterment of the industry, but will yield the desired results expected by stakeholders.

It is the expectation of the member Associations, that parliament will unanimously endorse the appointment of the minister-designate for the sector soon.

Source: Sena Radio

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