By: Arabieu Bah and Princess Pitt (+231775138085 / +231778637462)
The Fishing community of Montserrado County, on Friday November 09, 2018 elected new corp of officers to steer the affairs of the Collaborative Management Association (CMA) in Montserrado. The election which was held at the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) was aimed to coordinate the affairs of fishing community in the county.
Nyantee Sleh of Point 4 Beach emerged as winner of the chairmanship position while James J. Logan of Banjor and NejiSonnie were elected Secretary General and Treasure respectively. Others elected, but on white ballot were D. Nimely Fannieh, Co-Chairman; Abraham B. Warkies, Financial Secretary; Annie Doer, Chaplain.
After his election victory, Mr. Sleh promised to work in the interest of the fishing community in Montserrado. He noted that fishing is a vital national sector when properly attended to by the national government could spur economic growth while providing a steady ladder of income for the fishing community .
He acknowledged that fish was vital for the nourishment of Liberians especially children and that government should aid them with the requisite skill-set and equipment to enable them catch better yield of fish. “We are here to work with government, we want the government to assist our members with training and equipment that will facilitate our job” said Sleh.
Making remarks at the program was Emma Metieh Glassco, head of the National Fishing and Aquaculture Authority of Liberia (NaFAA). She encouraged the newly elected officials to work hard for the interest of the fishing community.
She promised to dole out training opportunities and the necessary equipment which will lead to the improvement of livelihood for the community. Ms. Glassco said the George Weah administration was committed to improving the lot of the fishing community in the country. “ You will not be overlooked under this administration, we will provide subsidies that will enable you make an honest and better living out of your trade” said Glassco.
Madam Glassco said her overall goal and objective is to make fishermen and women more efficient, which will enable them become major suppliers of fish on the Liberian market and create a competitive environment for export.
Fishing would be a serious national sector that can provide cushion for many fishing men and women thereby reducing unemployment and achieving the overall objective of President George Weah’s Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development which is aimed at massive creation of jobs for the citizenry. The PAPD is targeting a million jobs in the next five years.