Central Region: 285 outboard motors delivered

Six fishing communities have taken delivery of 285 outboard motors as part of the government’s effort to boost fishing activities in the Central Region and improve the living conditions of fishermen.

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Gomoa East received 50, Cape Coast 50, Ekumfi 50, Mfantseman 38, Effutu 37 and Elmina 50.

fishMs Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, debunked claims that President John Dramani Mahama, has neglected fishermen.

She said although the outboard motors are selling at GH₵13,000, government has absorbed GH₵ 6, 000 of the cost.

The Minister announced that the government has completed plans to initiate a free insurance scheme for one million fishermen throughout the county to make their lives prosperous.

Ms Ayittey said free text books, pens, pencils, uniforms and other educational materials have been earmarked to support children of fishmongers in the coastal areas.

She said the move is to halt the decision of some mothers who due to financial difficulties send their children especially, the girls to Yeji and other fishing communities to undertake child-labour.

The Minister stated that it is constitutional right for every child to have access to quality education to enable him or her to become responsible adult future.

Mr Jonamoah Moses Jehu-Appiah, Gomoa East District Chief, thanked the President for coming out with the policy to boost fishing at Nyanyano, Fetteh and Dompoase to reduce poverty.

He said the provision of the fishing gear would reduce the outmoded fishing activities in the industry and create more jobs and wealth for the people in the coastal belt.

He commended the government for the regularly supply of prix mix fuel in the three fishing communities that had reduced complaints emanated from fishermen in the district.

Mr Jehu- Appiah said provision of the fishing gear is in line with the President’s agenda of transforming Ghana and making life better for average Ghanaians.

More than 300 trays were also distributed to fishmongers to use them to carry their wares and fresh fish to the marketing centres.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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