Twenty-Eight fishermen, including women from the Ga South District of the Greater Accra Region, have received insurance policies on their outboard motors presented to them by the Ministry of Fisheries Aquaculture and Development (MOFAD), at a presentation ceremony, held in Bortianor, at the weekend.
Additionally, fishmongers received 277 basins and 36 wire mesh at no cost. They are groups of associations from Tsokomey, Lagmo, Oshiye, Kokrobite, Bortianor and Adakorpey.
Presenting the items, Ms. Sherry Ayittey, the sector minister said the presentation was part of government’s social intervention to help reduce the total cost of the outboard motors for the fishermen.
She said, insurance policies on their outboard motors and canoes would boost their operations on the sea and help increase the fish stock in the country.
She said, the government was responsible in paying all the insurance fees anytime the fishermen faced challenges.
According to her, the fishmongers and their children would soon be given scholarships to enable them go to school and added that school uniforms, exercise books and sandals would also be provided to them.
She promised to establish a landing beach and cold store in the area, to help uplift fishing activities in the area.
Ms. Ayittey said, President Mahama considered fishermen in the country, as very important people and would therefore assist them to improve on their earnings.
Present of the ceremony were the Chief Executive of Ga South, Mr. Jerry Akwei Thompson and the Member of Parliament for the area, Mr. Bright Dwormodje.
By Daniel Amoo, Bortianor