The National Fisheries Association of Ghana is demanding the exclusion of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD) should the government consider cutting downing some ministries and agencies.
This comes after calls from well-meaning individuals and groups, including the Minority and the Ghana Pentecostal Charismatic Council (GPCC), for a reduction in the size of government in the face of the country’s economic crises.
Speaking to the media, Richster Nii Amarh Amarfio, Secretary of the National Fisheries Association of Ghana, explained that the fishing industry is facing challenges, and that eliminating the Fisheries Ministry would have disastrous consequences.
“Attention is needed in areas that are struggling. The fisheries industry is struggling, so if a Ministry is committed to the sector, what we need to do is an evaluation. For us in the industry, we believe that we deserve a Ministry and probably take out the perception that Fisheries is part of Agriculture.”
With Ghana’s economy taking a nosedive, there have been persistent calls on the President to further downsize his Government to reduce costs.
Many have opined that any intended government reshuffle should reflect the economic situation of the country.
Downsizing the government and cutting down on expenditure they believe will demonstrate to Ghanaians that the call for burden sharing is not just all talk but also backed by action.