Tema, July 29, GNA – President John Dramani Mahama has said the Government would double the supply of premix fuel for the fisherfolk at all the landing sites of fishing communities.
He said government had also made available 1,500 outboard motors to be sold to fishermen at subsidised prices in all the fishing communities.
President Mahama announced this on Thursday when he addressed fisherfolk at the Tema Fishing Harbour as part of his visit to the port to inaugurate a number of projects to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA).
He inaugurated a reconstructed GHC five million Net Mending Wharf, $20 million new marine cranes, a new jetty, four €24 million mobile harbour cranes, an 840 container capacity Reefer Terminal, a Revenue Centre and inspected on-going work on the Regional Maritime Hospital.
President Mahama said the premix fuel and the outboard motors would be available at all landing sites at affordable prices to relieve the fisherfolk of the arduous task of moving to the offices individually.
He said the Government would also provide Aluminium pans for the women engaged in fish smoking to process their fish and gave the assurance that it would be supplied to facilitate their work.
The President commended the management and board of the GPHA for coming out with the numerous projects at the ports to facilitate business activities in the area.
He called on them to forge partnership with other business partners to expand their projects for the benefit of all.
President Mahama urged other state owned enterprises to emulate the self-reliant examples of the GPHA to become independent of government funding in their various organisations.
President Mahama said the perception that the state owned enterprises were inefficient had been proven wrong by the performance of GPHA and encouraged others to do same.
On the Regional Maritime Hospital, he commended the GPHA for establishing the state-of the art facility that could become an icon in the West African sub-region.
Mr Richard A.Y. Anamoo, the Director General of GPHA, said apart from all the modern facilities at the Regional Maritime Hospital, it also had a helipad that could help airlift referred patients in critical conditions to other medical facilities.
He gave the assurance that his outfit would continue to provide all facilities that would ease congestion at GPHA and provide quality services to Ghanaians and other neighbouring West African states.
Mr Anamoo said the establishment of the Central Revenue Centre at the Port would also end the congestion there as all financial transactions would be carried out at the port and replicated in all the regional capitals.