Use part of the premix grants for fishermen’s insurance – GTA
The National Fuel Premix Committee and the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture have been asked to set aside a certain percentage of the money used to subsidize the fuel premix for an insurance scheme for fishermen.
Mr. Richster Nii Amarh Amarfio, secretary of the Ghana Tuna Association (GTA) on the call, said of the 70 percent of the grants, 30 percent could be put into insurance that could be used to protect fishermen .
Mr. Amarfio was speaking at the Ghana News Agency-Tema Regional Office’s Sixth Monthly Stakeholder Engagement and Employee Appreciation Seminar, which aims to bring together state and non-state actors to address the issues national.
He said the current arrangement on the 70 percent subsidy on premixed fuel did not really benefit fishermen as they ended up buying it at exorbitant prices.
Therefore, it would be appropriate to set aside some of this money used to subsidize fuel in order to safeguard their future, Mr Amarfio said.
He noted that it was sad to close the season for a few weeks without providing affected fishermen with insurance to fall on or other alternatives to engage them while observing the closure.
“Artisanal fishermen are peasants. Their daily food depends on the catches they make. So shutting down the sea for a month without providing them with an alternative or insurance would not work, ”he said.
He added that waiting a few days before the end of the season to share five kilograms of rice with the fishermen was not a sufficient incentive to make them observe the closure of the season.
He regretted that most of the arable land in coastal areas, especially in the Greater Accra region, had been transformed into housing infrastructure depriving fishermen of an alternative to agriculture during the closed season as up to now, which served them as a means of subsistence during lean periods.
Mr Amarfio said he was sad that even though the fishing sector employed around ten percent of the country’s population, fishermen were still among the poor in society due to poor management of the sector.
Mr. Gilbert Sam, administrator of the Association of Industrial Trawlers of Ghana (GITA), for his part called on the government to pay particular attention to the fishing industry as it sets up special programs for farmers.
Mr Sam said the government could invest in sturdy fishing vessels to meet the many canoes on the country’s seas just as it budgets and purchases tractors and other equipment for farmers to improve their work, instead of focus only on the application of its policies without any mitigation measures. for fishermen.
Mr. Francis Ameyibor, Regional Director of GNA Tema, explained that Stakeholder Engagement, which takes place on the last Wednesday of each month, was a progressive media caucus platform created to give opportunity to state stakeholders and non-states to interact with journalists and address issues.
He said modern journalistic practices demand a dynamic holistic approach to issues affecting society, through which the media must provide a platform for proactive engagement and exchange of ideas in order to shape national development.
Mr. Ameyibor noted that GNA-Tema operations now revolve more around partnership and advocacy journalism, which focuses on providing a platform for citizens to share the key information needed to make the best decisions. possible on national issues, community development, protection of society and improving governance.
“We have moved from submissive journalistic practices where media practitioners depend solely on the screening agenda set by others. Journalists cannot claim to be decision makers when they are only reflecting what someone wants them to project, ”he said.
Mr. Ameyibor noted; “We cannot deny that the old analog method of collecting information is long gone; collecting and disseminating information cannot wait two seconds, we are on the fast track, traditional media practitioners must catch up with the fast train of new media in order to remain relevant ”.
Among the other speakers: Mr. Irwin Cofie, Deputy Marketing Director of SIC Insurance; Ms. Cynthia Kwarten Tufuor SIC Tema Area Manager; Ms. Cynthia Twumasi, Deputy Area Manager, who spoke about fire insurance and the Homeplus policy; and Ms. Doris Gorman, Municipal Information Director of the Tema Service Department.