COMMISSIONING OF A NET MENDING SHED AT NUNGUA LANDING BEACHNews, Spotlight — January 24, 2013 at 1:42 pm Print This Post | Email This Post
ADDRESS DELIVERED BY HON. DANIEL A. MENSAH, THE MUNICIPAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF LEDZOKUKU-KROWOR MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY DURING THE COMMISSIONING OF A NET MENDING SHED AT NUNGUA LANDING BEACH HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 23RD JANUARY, 2013 • Chairperson, • Hon. Member of Parliament – Krowor Const., • The Chief Director – MLGRD, • Hon. Assembly Members, • Niimei Ke Naamei, •
The Clergy, • Heads of Department present, • Distinguished Invited Guests, • Friends from the Media, • Ladies and Gentlemen, It is with great joy and happiness that we have all gathered here today to witness the commissioning of this Net Mending Shed at the Nungua Landing Beach. Chairperson, I feel privileged to be accorded the opportunity as the Municipal Chief Executive to welcome you all to this programme to commission this Net Mending Shed at the Nungua Landing Beach which cost GH¢74,813.86. Chairperson, let me on behalf of the Management of the Assembly express gratitude and appreciation to the Ministry Of Local Government and Rural Development especially the Chief Director of the Ministry, who facilitated the sourcing of funds for this project, as well as all those who have through diverse ways contributed towards the realization of this project. Ladies and Gentlemen, LEKMA has since its inception strive to turn the fortune of the Municipality around by increasing the pace of development in the areas of provision of School building, road, sanitation facilities, culverts, drains, classroom furniture, etc, as well as employment for some of the unemployed youth in the Municipality. In this regard the Assembly had done its best to improve upon the living conditions of the people in our beloved Municipality in diverse ways and this Net Mending Shed is one of such projects that this Assembly found it important to seek funds as a matter of urgency from the Ministry of Local and Rural Development to put up. Ladies and Gentlemen, fishing and fish trading had been the main stay of our people and had sustained the livelihood of the majority of the people in this area for over centuries. The main aim of this project was to provide our fisher folks with a place where they can sit and mend their fishing net and also serve as a relaxation point for all who come to do business at this landing beach. Though fishing is the main occupation of men, our women folks also play significant role in fish trading, processing as well as providing support in the procurement of fishing gears before fishing expeditions are embarked upon. To this end it is not unusual to see a lot of women at our Landing Beaches for various reasons. Unfortunately there are no resting places for these women to sit and wait for the fishermen to land, as well as feed their babies and the young children who accompany them. It is to address this situat
ion that we have a place dedicated to women, in addition to the portion meant for net mending. Ladies and Gentlemen, it is sad to say that our negative fishing practices, including pair trawling, use of unapproved fishing nets and dynamite fishing, had adversely affected the fish levels in our seas. Indeed research has shown that the nation’s fish species had depleted drastically and were currently at the warning level. It has been observed that some fishermen even use mosquito nets to fish, which had led to high levels of depletion of various fish species. This trend is very dangerous especially to those of us at the coast whose livelihood depends on the sea for fishing. I wish on this note to call on our fishermen and all interested persons on fishing to ensure that they operate more professionally to help protect and preserve the nation’s fish industry for posterity. These social interventions are all part of the NDC government’s policy of advancing the better Ghana Agenda for all Ghanaians. As social democrats we believe in sharing the national cake fairly to the benefit of everybody. However since the course of development is better served in an atmosphere of peace, I wish to appeal to the Chiefs and people of this town to resolve all
lingering disputes and conflicts among them so that we can all work hand-in-hand to bring more development projects. Chairperson, the NDC government has since coming to office initiated and implemented a lot of developmental projects in this Municipality and I will like to use this opportunity to thank you all for your support during the December 7, 2012 elections and to also assure you that this Municipality is going to witness more development under the better Ghana agenda chapter 2. Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, my address will certainly not be complete without touching on the environmental sanitation in the Municipality .The challenges we face in this area are enormous and complex as far as sanitation management and cleanliness in the Municipality is concern. Let me take this opportunity to entreat the people of this Municipality to help keep our environment clean and tidy, since by so doing we will be able to make savings towards more development projects. The Assembly presently spends colossal sums of its revenue on refuse evacuation and other waste management services. Chairperson, Niimei ke Naamei, Ladies and Gentlemen I wish on this note to once again thank you for honouring our invitation to grace this function with your presence. I wish to also assure you that the Assembly will ensure that this project is maintained to serve its purpose. Thank you.