-NPP flagbearer, Akuffo Addo has revealed his intention to improve the lot of fishermen should he be voted to power
- The third time presidential aspirant explains the need to cut out all impediments to good fishing practices in the country
- 10% of Ghana's population engage in active fishing
Flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akuffo Addo has pledged to improve the standard of living of all fishermen in Ghana.
Addressing a group of fisher folk at Apeosika in the Western Region, Nana Addo revealed that should he be voted as president come the November 7th general elections, all 10 percent of Ghanaians in the fishing sector are bound to enjoying the best interventions needed to improve and stimulate their output including the urgent need to do away with light fishing.
"Tackling light fishing has to be a priority of any government, especially in Akufo-Addo’s government. We will do this to help all of us, otherwise, not too far away in the future, there will be no fish left for us in our waters. Let us leave it to the fishermen to deal with the premix fuel themselves. That way, there will be no politicisation or cronyism in this matter. We can only build Ghana when we all put our shoulders to the wheel. We (in the NPP) are not going to politicize issues of economic activities in this country," he stated.
About 10 % of the country's population is engaged in various aspects of the fishing industry. Marine fisheries account for over 80 % of the fish consumed in Ghana. However, recently fresh water fisheries including aquaculture is increasingly contributing considerable share of the supply and consumption trends.