Fisherfolks in Ga Mashie have received 50 Yamaha 40 horsepower (hp) outboard motors from the government to enhance their work.
The outboard motors which were presented to the fishermen at a discount formed part of the government's subsidised outboard motors to fishermen in the country being spearheaded by the Ministry for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development.
Coordinating Director of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) who presented the outboard motors at a ceremony held at the Ashiedu-Keteke Sub-Metro Office in Accra stated that a committee with membership from the community, the assembly, traditional authority and the Fisheries Commission was constituted to ensure that every fisherman benefitted from the government’s intervention.
He said this was the first batch of 50 outboard motors being distributed adding that the next set would be distributed in the coming weeks.
He urged the fisherfolks who had not benefited to remain calm and not to agitate since some 200 of such outboard motors were yet to be distributed.
The Chairman of the National Premix Fuel Committee, Nii Lante Bannerman, and a Parliamentary Candidate for the Odododiodoo Constituency in an address assured that every fisherman, irrespective of their political affiliation would benefit from the programme.
He said the government was delivering on its promise to fisherfolks adding that the construction of the Jamestown Fishing Harbour was a testimony.
He mentioned that the outboard motors were intended to help improve the lives of the beneficiaries and their communities and cautioned them not to use them to engage in bad fishing practices.
Nettey Akoso, Spokesperson for the fishermen in Jamestown expressed his appreciation to the government and commended the AMA for the non-partisan nature of the distribution process.
He also parted the Chairman of the National Premix Committee on the back for the constant supply of premix fuel to fisherfolks in the community.
A representative of the fisherfolks thanked the Assembly and the Fisheries Commission for the support and was elated about the distribution process.