The Youth Employment Agency (YEA), with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture, has launched the Coastal Sanitation Module at Tapa Abotoase, in the Biakoye District of the Volta Region.
Mr. Kobla Bechem, Chief Executive Officer of YEA, said three problems had been identified within the growing coastal communities, and named them as the plastic waste phenomenon, the increasing growth of hyacinth in the Volta River and unemployment.
He said although the module could help solve those problems, other innovative approaches were also being deployed, especially in relation to the hyacinth in the Volta Lake.
“Fiber glass boats will be procured for use by the youth to harvest the hyacinth to be turned into compost for fertiliser,” he stated.
Mr. Bechem said 39 historical castles and forts had been identified along the country’s coast which would soon be upgraded into major tourism sites.
Mrs. Benita Sena Okity-Duah, a Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, reiterated the need for the beaches to be clean to safeguard the health of coastal dwellers as well as to meet the international sanitary and health standards of the fish exported.
She said Ghana exported more than $318,036,064 worth of fish, and it was critical to ensure that the sources of the fish were clean.
Mr. Baba Jamal, Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, said the Coastal Sanitation Module was launched to help improve the country’s long coastal line of more than 500 kilometres.
He tasked the beneficiaries of the module to ensure that indiscriminate defaecation and pollution were immediately stopped.
Madam Helen Ntoso, Volta Regional Minister, noted that YEA had provided jobs to more than 6,900 youths in the region, and urged the youth to seize the opportunity given them to better their lot.