Jubilant traders, fishermen hail Akufo-Addo in Accra

A woman lying on the floor to ‘worship’ Nana Addo Hordes of market women yesterday expressed adoration for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo when he reached Makola market as part of his tour of the Greater Accra Region.

Some of the women were seen lying on the floor out of deference for the President.

From Makola, he proceeded to Mantse Agbona where he presented 6,336 outboard motors and other fishing equipment to fisherfolk who were also in a jubilant mood.

The President made the presentation through the Ministry of Fisheries, the Coastal Development Authority, the Agricultural Development Bank and CFAO at Mantse Agbona in Accra during the second day of his tour of the Greater Accra Region.

President Akufo-Addo indicated that “this is the first batch of outboard motors out of a total of 10,000 to be distributed to fisherfolk at subsidized prices.”

Thanking fisherfolk in the country for adhering to the closed fishing season, the President said “I am also happy to hear that the leaders and citizens appreciate the work that the government is doing.”

“I have been informed that the traditional priests (Wulomei) themselves have asked that another month be added to the closed season for the artisanal fishermen and for the trawlers; two more months. They themselves have seen the benefits of the closed season, so I would also like to ask that you also put a stop to the practice of light fishing. This way, we will really be able to see some progress,” President Akufo-Addo stressed.

The Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, said, “Ever since we came to office, we have been gathering resources to get you as many outboard motors as possible. The Coastal Development Authority is bringing 5,000 outboard motors. ADB and the Ministry of Fisheries are bringing 1,336 as well.”

She added that the women engaged in fishing were going to benefit from small-scale loans.

“We will distribute the loans amongst members of the National Fish Processors Association for their use. This year, we have heard that you have caught a lot of fish and they just need the money to work on the fish. We are also bringing more Ahot? ovens, 3,000 of them,” she disclosed.

Commissioning More Projects President Akufo-Addo yesterday also commissioned the reconstruction of the Otano Junction–School Junction road in the Adentan Municipality at the cost GH¢51.7 million.The 4.5 kilometre road was started in March last year and serves Adjirangano, Ashaley […]

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