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Government Hands Over Pick-up Vehicles to Coastal Fishing Communities.

25th Jan 2024 | PR UNIT

In a significant step towards enhancing infrastructure and support for some fishing communities along the coast of Ghana, the Ministry of Transport has handed over 14 pick-up vehicles to 14 Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs).

The Ministry gave the pick-up vehicles to beneficiary communities of the Coastal Fishing Ports and Fish Landing Sites constructed by the Government.

A Deputy Minister for Transport, Hon Hassan Tampuli handing over the vehicles on behalf of the Ministry noted that the construction of the Coastal Fish Landing facilities and supporting infrastructure has been a top priority for President Akufo-Addo's administration since assuming office. The objective of the project is to enhance the infrastructure and working environment for fisherfolks and fishing communities along the coast.

He said that 12 out of the 14 locations have seen the completion of these crucial facilities, with Jamestown and Keta still under construction but Jamestown is to be completed before the end of the year. The completed sites are Axim, Dixcove, Elmina, Mumford, Winneba, Ekumfi, Gomoa Fete, Senya Breku, Moree, Mfanteman, Osu and Teshie.

Hon. Tampuli stated that integral to the project has been the construction of various community-level projects such as school blocks, health posts, and police posts within the beneficiary communities. These projects align with the overarching goal of improving the livelihoods and well-being of residents in these areas.

The Deputy Minister said the vehicles were in support of effective monitoring and coordination of the completed landing sites and fishing ports. This move aims to ensure that these communities derive maximum benefits from the projects to safeguard the investments made.

He reiterated the importance of prudent use and maintenance of the vehicles and urged the Chief Executive Officers of the MMDAs to uphold a good maintenance culture for both the landing sites and the additional facilities.

He added that the handing over of the vehicles signified a milestone in the government's commitment to the development and prosperity of coastal fishing communities.