Fisheries Ministry Inaugurates Ministerial Advisory Board

The Minister for Fisheries and aquaculture Development, Hon. Nayon Bilijo, has inaugurated a nine member Ministerial Advisory Board for the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD).

The Board, which was inaugurated in accordance with Section 39, of the Civil Service Law, 1993, PNDC Law 327, has a primary responsibility to promote consistent interaction between the Ministry and its varied stakeholders. It has a further mandate to advise and assist the Ministry in the implementation of its policy objectives, strategies and programmes.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Minister expressed his gratitude to the members for accepting to put their varied and useful experiences at the disposal of the Ministry, particularly at this critical moment when Ghana’s fisheries industry is being re-positioned to become a major contributor to the nation’s socio-economic development.

Hon. Bilijo, who was particularly pleased with the professional background and rich experiences of the individual members, has noted with appreciation the fact that they (members) constitutes the right and appropriate caliber of people at this critical moment, who would form a formidable board, whose contributions would be useful to the Fisheries Ministry.

He enumerated to the board members the mandates of the Ministry, which he said includes the formulation of policy initiatives for the sustainable management and development of the fisheries sector, as well as planning in consultation with the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC). Other mandates, he said, includes the coordination, monitoring, and evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of the performance of the fisheries sector and the formulation of regulatory policies to sustainably manage and control the utilization of the fisheries resources of Ghana.

The Minister gave a brief background of the fisheries sector as it is now and explained that the sector is critical to Ghana’s socio-economic developmental agenda, a fact, he had come to recognized after paying familiarization visits to all the fisheries production areas within the coastal and inland communities soon after his assumption of duty as Minister for the sector last year.

The Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development was thankful for the fact that the long awaited time for the inauguration of the fisheries board as a statutory requirement, to make up the full complement of the Ministry, has finally arrived.

Members of the Advisory Board, include the Minister and his Deputy, Hon. Aquinas Quansah, and Mrs. Rebecca Amooh Aboagye – Chief Director of the Ministry of Fisheries and aquaculture Development. Others are, Mr. Kingsford Nii Otoo, Mr. Simon Agah, Dr. Hederic R. Dankwa, Mr. Peter Issakah, Mr. Jacob Ainoo-Ansah and a representative from the Fisheries Input Association. Mr Emmson Daniel Kattah (Chief Economic Planning Officer and Director of PPMED of the Ministry serves as the Board’s Secretary.

Mr. Jacob Ainoo-Ansah, who is also Chairman of the Ghana Aquaculture Association, speaking on behalf of his colleague board members, thanked the government, through the Minister for recognizing the contribution of the private sector in national development by appointing members who are mainly from the sector to serve on the Ministerial Advisory Board. He pledged their full commitment and collective support to the Ministry in its efforts at achieving its objectives within the mandates given them as Ministerial Advisory Board members.

By James Azamesu, Public Relations Officer of the Fisheries Commission