Bumper Fish Harvest In The Offing – Deputy Minister

Elizabeth Afoley Quaye

The
Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture and New Patriotic Party (NPP)
Member of Parliament (MP) for Ekumfi, Francis Ato Cudjoe, has promised bumper
production of fish in the coming seasons as a result of pragmatic policies put
in place by the government to boost the fisheries industry.

The
deputy minister said after taking over the reins of government, the NPP
government had withdrawn the licences of about 34 trawlers whose activities on
high seas were contributing to the diminishing stock of fishes in Ghana’s
waters.

He
said the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) government allowed the
wholesale registration of trawlers to fish in our waters with 104 trawlers
being registered but when the NPP took over power it has reduced the number to
74 by freezing the licences of 30 vessels.

The
deputy minister who was contributing to the debate on the 2020 Budget in Parliament
announced that from December 2017, there had not been any
diversion of pre-mix fuel which was rampant in the era of the NDC government.

“Mr.
Speaker, in 2016 under the NDC, there were 267 trucks of pre-mix fuel diverted
but from December 2017 up to now there has not been any single diversion of
pre-mix fuel,” he said.

He
admitted that during the first year of the NPP government under Nana Akufo-Addo
there were still challenges with fuel diversion until the government found an
antidote to it.

Besides,
he said that from December 2019, the ministry would introduce the Canoe
Certification Card to avoid the exploitation of the fishes.

According
to him, through the certification card exercise, all canoes would be registered
and given cards to operate in Ghana’s waters and any canoe without such a card
would not be allowed to fish in the sea.

Contributing
to the debate, the ranking member on the Health Committee and the NDC MP for
Juaboso, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, said that as a result of the capping of the
National Health Insurance Fund (NHIS) by the NPP government, the NHIS is
indebted to many service providers.

He
said the capping had taken away a whopping GH¢833 million from the fund.

He urged the NPP government to immediately release funds to complete all hospital facilities that were started by the previous NDC government but had been abandoned since the government took over power in January 2017.

By Thomas Fosu Jnr



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