|Fishermen In Ellembelle Receive Relief Items|
|Friday, 04 May 2012 15:32|
Fishermen in the Ellembelle District have received food items, worth about Twelve Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢12,000), from the District Assembly.
The items are 70 bags of rice and 42 boxes of cooking oil. The District Chief Executive, Hon. Daniel K. Eshun pointed out that government had fishing activities at heart adding that the sea weed problem coupled with the algae bloom that had been a threat to their work was a worry to the District and Government.
He explained that the donation was a way of showing concern to fishermen in the area and assured them of government’s commitment to finding lasting solution to the problem.
Hon. Eshun revealed that the amount for the purchase of the items was taken from the Internally Generated Fund (IGF) of the Assembly and therefore reiterated the need for them to pay revenue for development.
He however, assured them that proceeds from IGF generation would be felt by the communities in the District.
The Member of Parliament for Ellembelle who doubles as the Deputy Minister for Energy, Hon. Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah assured fishermen of the President’s commitment to improving the lives of fishermen.
He indicated that government cared about the wellbeing of fishermen and would stand by them in their difficult times adding that the President had charged the Ministry of Science and Environment to do the necessary research to find solution to the sea weed issue together with the algae bloom menace.
He promised to follow up at the Ministry until a solution was found to relieve fishermen of the stress.
Hon. Buah donated One Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢1,000.00) in addition to the food items and also implored on them to learn new ways of fishing so that they would benefit from packages that the Government had introduced to improve the fishing industry.
The Chairman of Sanzule Fishing Community, Mr Francis Badu thanked the MP and the Assembly for the donation and therefore appealed for their children to be considered in scholarship packages of the Assembly to enable them attain high pedestal in education.
He explained that times were hard due to the disturbance of the sea weed and the algae bloom and expressed hope that their children could climb high the academic ladder if they were assisted.
Source: ISD (Grace Alswell Aidoo, Ellembelle)