Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has assured Ghana's fisher-folks that his government will ban the practice of pair-trawling in Ghana’s territorial waters.
Pair trawling has been known for depleting Ghana’s marine stocks. According to Nana Addo who addressed a fishing community in Elmina on Monday, the practice persists because the courage to do the right thing is not there. He promised that his government will have the courage to do what is right for the survival Ghanaians.
The NPP flag bearer assured: "If you give me your mandate, we are going to have the courage to make the decision of banning pair trawling in our waters. If we don’t, by the time we leave this earth, the marine stocks would have been depleted. We met something, we must protect it for future generations."
Nana Addo cited other initiatives to ensure that the fishing industry is saved from collapse, indicating that the Fisheries Management Committees established by the Kufuor government to oversee fishing activities in the country will be restored. According to him, the committee will operate, as originally conceived, under the leadership of the Chief Fishermen, so that the issues of premix fuel and outboard motors will be under the direct control of the fishermen.
Another bane to the growth of the fishing sector has been the role of politicians in the sector. But Nana Addo assured that the involvement and meddling of political party executives will be out of the fishing sector, adding that it is the fundamental commitment the NPP government.
"My government will rehabilitate equipment brought in by the late Gladys Asmah, Minister for Fisheries under President Kufuor, for the construction of cold stores, which have been abandoned by the Mahama government," he added.
Nana Addo also reiterated his commitment towards the construction of mini harbours at Axim, Teshie, Elmina and other sites.