Shama fishermen

Mr Michael Angmor the Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Seafarers and Allied Workers (NUSAW), has called on government to support the fisher folks to enable them live decent lives and adequately cater for their families.
Fisher folks, he said contributed about 40 percent to the national economy and whereas children of cocoa farmers benefited from government scholarships, the same could not be said for children of fisher folks.

He said although the fishing industry had numerous benefits,it was also a tasking job and therefore discouraged so many of them.
Mr Angmor was addressing a forum for fishermen and fishmongers from Apam and other coastal communities at the meeting at Apam in the Gomoa West District of the Central region.

He hinted that seafarers do not enjoy decent salaries, adding that they were paid based on the quantity of catch they made by the vessel owners who are mostly foreigners.
The Fisher folks appealed to the government to clamp down on illegal fishing operators as was done to flush out illegal gold miners.
Mr Mark Djokotoe, Chairman of the Union advised members to register with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and also ensure that their interest were protected at all time.

The Chief of Apam, Nana Effrim X, who chaired the function, regretted that some fisher folks were sabotaging the union by aligning themselves with foreign fishing owners.
He asked them to report the problems facing to the Ministry of Fisheries to help address their concerns and come out with adequate solutions.
Nana Effrim further urged members who had been assisted with bank loans to ensure prompt payments for others to enjoy the facility.
GNA