President Akufo-Addo says the construction of a multipurpose Fishing Port Complex at James Town in Accra will commence this year.
Fisher folks across the country are hopeful such facilities will boost their activities, following government’s announcement that landing sites are to be constructed in areas such as Winneba, Amanfo and Axim.
Nana Akufo-Addo at a ceremony in Sekondi in the Western Region said his administration is committed to enhancing and easing the work of fisher folks.
“To our fisher folks across the country, plans are underway for a construction of many fishing harbours and landing site across the coastal belt of our country,” he said.
The Ministry of Finance signed an agreement with the Chinese government for a US$50 million grant towards the construction.
The project is expected to enhance the productivity of fisher-folk and create about 1,000 jobs.
Work on the project will be spread in three parts: namely dredging of about 118,000 cubic metres harbor basin and shipping channels; construction of hydraulic structures comprising berths, seawall and a breakwater; and the construction of administration, production and supporting facilities, including a processing area, trading market and a kindergarten.
Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, indicated during a ceremony to sign the contract that the gesture marks a significant milestone in the bilateral economic relations between Ghana and China, and that it reaffirms the commitment and determination of the two nations to broaden and deepen bilateral cooperation.
He said: “There is the need to invest in our coastal areas looking at the level of poverty. That is why this fishing harbour and landing site project will be highly impactful. This is a project that will improve the socio-economic lives of people living along the coastal belt.”
By: Farida Yusif/citinewsroom.com/Ghana