By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
President John Mahama has announced that the government will soon introduce insurance scheme for fishermen in all the fishing coastal across the country.
According to him, the insurance scheme is to assist fishermen in case of any emergency which will affect the operations.
He announced this at Axim in the Western Region when is started his 2016 campaign towards the December 7 election.
President Mahama mentioned that the Ministry of Fisheries has started writing the names of all fishermen and their canoes as well as the Landing Beach Communities (LBC) they operates.
He denied the allegation that they are writing the names of the fishermen in order to tax them. “There is no tax in fishing as alleged by some Ghanaians,” he added.
He stated that the government has secured funds for the construction of toilet and bathrooms facilities in all the coastal communities across the country. “This is to curb the defecation in and around landing beaches in the country,” he mentioned.
He said through former President Rawlings and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Premix fuel was introduced to support the fisheries activities in the country.
“The late Professor John Atta Mills later also tried to curb problems associated with Premix fuel by establishing Landing Beach Committees (LBC),” he mentioned.
He indicated that the purpose of the Landing Beach Committees is to determine the number of premix fuels the fisher folks will need for fishing.
“It’s base on that arrangement that we have LBC in every fishing community. It is the LBC that sees the distribution of premix fuel,” he added.
He said Ministry of Fisheries was created to assist the LBC to take care of premix fuel and outboard motors for the fishing communities.
He commended the fish mongers for the contribution they have made in assisting the men who always go fishing.
President Mahama said they have distributed over 1,000 outboard motors across the length and breadth of the country. He again distributed a lot of outboard motors to the fisher folks at Axim in the Western Region.
“I have had discussion with the Minister of Fisheries for the establishment of cold store in Axim and I know for the fact that very soon we will put up the cold store here,” said President Mahama.
He said the cold store is very important because it helps the fisher folks to preserve their fish if they are not able to sell all their fish at ago.
He also mentioned that under the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) one module, Coastal Sanitation Guards has been created to see to it that the coastal areas are clean. Those people who have been employed to join the Coastal Sanitation Guards are going to be paid every month so that they will make sure that the coastal beaches are clean from filth.
He admonish the people of Axim not to create filth at the landing beaches in order create problems for those who fishing. He urged them not to use illegal approaches for fishing.
He mentioned that as the TEN oil field expected to start production today Thursday, it’s going to bring numerous of projects to the Western Region in addition to what Jubilee Field has brought to the region.
He said President Kwame Nkrumah built a lot of factories across the country. But all these factories have collapsed, adding that there is need to bring back all these factories.
“We have started bringing back these factories. Kumasi shoe factory is working and contributing to the economy. Komenda sugar factory is also working and we are producing sugar in the country. We lose over US$250 million every year through the importation of sugar alone. The establishment of the factory is to reduce importation of sugar into Ghana and also create employment for the youth.”
He talked about the current state of TOR, Tema Shipyard, Tema Harbor expansion, Takoradi Harbor expansion, Motor expansion.