The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr Ishmael Ashitey, has advised fish processors to adopt hygienic methods of drying anchovies (Keta School Boys) fish in order to make it more attractive for export.
He said though the delicacy has good export potential, the manner in which some processors dried it on the bare ground left much to be desired.
Speaking at the weekend during a durbar organised by the chiefs and people of Tema, to climax this year’s Kpelejoo festival, Mr Ashitey pledged to help improve the processing method so that it could be considered, under the one district one factory initiative, to be rolled out by government.
Kpelejoo is employed by the people of Tema to seek guidance and protection from the omnipotent, and also used to render social accountability and prepare for the farming season, towards the celebration of Homowo.
As part of the celebration, groups went on a carnival in the town, drumming, dancing and singing songs to deride natives who had fallen short of the benchmark of social accountability.
Mr Ashitey urged parents to take interest in the education of their children so that they could acquire knowledge and skills required for development.
He urged the people to support a sanitation project that would soon be launched by the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council, to ensure a clean environment.
The Member of Parliament for Tema East Constituency, Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover, said he was working with the Ministry of Tourism Culture and the Creative Arts and other collaborators to market the Kpelejoo festival, so that it would attract more tourists to Tema.
He said plans were far advanced to channel resources from the $1million fund to be released by government to constituencies into building an alternative road to link Tema to Newtown through VALCO, and build a 100-bed capacity community clinic.
The Tema Mantse, Nii Adjei Kraku II, asked fisher folks to stop using light for fishing and other illegal fishing methods that deplete fish stocks.
He asked the people to use the festival to unite for development.
By Godfred Blay Gibbah