BY MUNTALLA INUSAH firstname.lastname@example.org
THE MINISTRY of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development is expected to take possession of a newly-established iced block factory-cum-fish market at Nungua in the Krowor Municipality of the Greater Accra Region within two weeks.
The Korea Overseas Fisheries Association, which is supporting the government of Ghana in the construction of the factory, through its project coordinator, said all was set for the project to be completed in two weeks’ time and that its purpose is to boost fishing activities in the area.
Mrs Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, the sector minister, who was joined by her deputy, Mr Francis Ato Cudjoe (MP for Ekumfi), to inspect the progress of work at the Nungua Nshorna (beach), expressed her gratitude concerning the progress of work and said it would give jobs for the people.
“A few month ago, I think in March this year, it was all over that I said we will put up an ice plant and I remember a minority Member of Parliament said that he couldn’t just believe the joke of the Minister of Fisheries saying that they are putting up an ice plant and what was the essence?” she told the DAIL HERITAGE in an interview on Friday.
“The essence is that we need to create jobs for people. This is going to be an ice plant and a fish market where women and young men will have jobs to do. We will do fish fillage and sell. We will package the fish nicely and there is a unit where ice is produced to enhance the shelf life of the fish. This is the Nungua beach, where fish is harvested so when the fish is caught, we will have ice produced for them to keep the fish before it is processed.
She added that: “This is the facility that we are putting up here with the assistance of the Korean government. This is what the ministry of fisheries, through the minister of fisheries and her deputy, are bringing to the fisher-folks of the Krowor Constituency.
Gift from Korean govt
The minister, who doubles as the MP for the Krowor Constituency (Nungua), explained that the facility is “a gift from the Korean government” and that a week’s time it would be done and His Excellency the President will be here to commission it.
“The ministry is excited that we are bringing this project here. [As] the NPP government, we said we are up to the task. We said we are doing ‘one district one factory’, we are doing a lot of project to give jobs to the youth and this is one of such project to create jobs for the fishing communities.
According to her, “The Korean government, also a fishing nation, has been working together over the year because of a very good relationship and so this is a gift from Korean Overseas Fisheries Association to the Ghana government. Last year, they gave us some vehicles, Ocean Aide, and this is one of the gifts. They brought us some IT equipment and four pickups.
Just adjacent this project is the Ahotor oven. That has been built through the Ministry of Fisheries for some of the fish smokers have an Ahotor oven, which was built free of charge to some of the fish processors in the community.
“We have done about 250 Ahotor ovens across all the fishing communities and very soon we will be launching them all over. Some are communal while others are private so we will be visiting most of this area and we are also putting up salt iodisation project, a plastic pallet plant at Teshie so very soon that project will be ready.”
Dougwa Yaw Ra, the president of Gwellco Industry Company Limited, which is establishing the factory, said within two weeks they could hand it over to the ministry and that the life span of the facility would be over 20 years.
He said when managed well, it would go a long way to help the fisher-folks and the market women in the area and its environs.