Fishermen at Chorkor in the Greater Accra Region have described the minority in parliament as hypocrites over their stance on the fishing ban by the Fisheries Ministry.
The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture imposed the ban on fishing effective August 7 to September 4 this year to help increase fish stock.
But the minority in parliament organized a presser to criticize the move calling on the fisherfolks to demonstrate
But Chorkor fishermen welcomed the ban by government and signaled their willingness to fully cooperate with government over the ban.
According to them, it is good in the long term.
The fishermen at Chorkor, who say they support the ban as one of the measures to curtail illegal fishing asked the Minority to stay out of their business because they did nothing to help them when NDC were in power.
Speaking at a press conference in Accra on Thursday, 18 July 2018, the spokesperson for the fishermen at Chorkor, Nii Klottey, said: “Yesterday, the Minority in Parliament raised an issue that we fishermen are backing them and they will go on a demonstration with us.
It is not true, they are lying. They’ve been in power for eight years, ask them, which kind of support did they give to us fishermen? We went on demonstrations and they did not even listen to us when they were in power. Now somebody has come to power and the person says she is there for us 24/7 and now we are backing you for a demonstration?
In a related development Challenging Heights, a child-centered organization working in coastal regions of Ghana, has urged government to suspend the impending ban on fishing activities in the country.
The anti-trafficking NGO is warning that implementing the ban will result in mass child poverty in the coastal areas, and consequently result in child trafficking.