State-Of-The-Art Workshop Opened At Port Of Takoradi3 min read
Beyond the desire to foster a good relationship, these initiatives are also designed strategically to be in tandem with the unique economic characteristics of these communities that border the operations of Port of Takoradi.
To demonstrate such commitments, the Port of Takoradi has inaugurated a new state-of-the-art workshop for the Ghana Inshore Fishermen Association (GIFA) at New Takoradi in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis of the Western Region.
The new workshop, which will be used to repair boats and other fishing accessories, has a tools/changing room, machine and electrical shop, a wrench to help pull boats for repairs as well as offices for the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture (MOFAD) and Ghana Inshore Fisheries Association (GIFA) for easy administrative purposes.
It is envisaged that the workshop will become the epicentre and heartbeat of all fishing activities, not only for fishers of New Takoradi but for all fishers along the coast of Ghana who will need a place, fitted with the necessary modern technologies, to repair and maintain their fishing equipment.
Director of Port of Takoradi Peter Amo-Bediako said the desire to improve the livelihoods of residents around the Port drove them to build the workshop.
“We want nothing but good things for New Takoradi and our other host communities. The major economic activity around is fishing and so we will continue to support you to flourish in this endeavour. All what we will ask for is cooperation and prayers for the Port to grow so that we will have the financial wherewithal to also continue elevating your financial status.
“Already, you have demonstrated and proven to be a good neighbour. I remember when the Port had to construct a new jetty. We had a very productive engagements with you and the result is the beautiful and historic jetty that we see. And New Takoradi must be proud because you have been part of this lifetime feat.”
Eric Kofi Otoo, a representative of GIFA, stated: “The workshop will enhance productivity and reduce the burden of fishermen, who trek long distances to the old workshop “Boatase” for operation at odd times…”
Mrs. Hannah Agyei-Boakye, a Director from the Fisheries Commission, commended Port of Takoradi for the project.
Western Region Minister Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah noted the new workshop could not have come at any other time considering how dilapidated the old machine shop at Boatase had become.
“So to help maintain this new one, we must begin to think about paying some commercial charges.”
He entreated the management of Port of Takoradi to expedite works on Phase Two of the project.
Chief of New Takoradi Nana Kwesi Abaka 1 applauded Port of Takoradi for the project and pleaded with beneficiary fishers to “watch how you conduct your business there and be particular about maintenance for this project to last longer as this will encourage the Port to do more”.
By Eric Yaw Adjei