The flag bearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom has called on fishermen across the country to reject politicians who only bring them outboard motors and other fishing equipment in election year and abandon them after elections.
According to him, some politicians see fishermen as unwise and only think about them during election periods.
Dr. Nduom made gave the advice at Bortianor in the Greater Accra Region during a durbar to outdoor the PPP’s parliamentary candidate for the Ngleshie-Amanfrom constituency, Rev Fred Nii Adjetey Larbie.
He indicated that, the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) which enjoys much support from the fishing communities, have neglected the fisherfolks.
Rather, Dr. Nduom said, the Mahama-led government has allowed Koreans, Chinese nationals and others to come to Ghana to harvest fingerlings when they know fishing was the mainstay of people along the coast.
“It is election year so they are bringing you outboard motors, fishing nets, etc., and once you finish voting, they will be done with you.
“If the government truly cares for your welfare they will not look on while foreigners destroy the ocean bed when they know the sea is where your livelihoods come from. This clearly shows that the government has nothing better for you,” Dr. Nduom claimed.
For his part, Rev Larbie appealed to the people of the constituency to help him win the seat to promote the development of the area.
On behalf of all the chiefs and fishermen at the event, Abusua Nii Okai, bemoaned illegal fishing practices, and appealed to the government to sanitise the fishing industry.