MPs Commends Fisheries Ministry


By Alhaji Mansaray

Members of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Fisheries and Marine Resources have commended the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Madam  Emma Kowa and her team in the Ministry, for their excellent performance.

Speaking at a meeting held recently at the conference room of the administrative building of Parliament, the Chairperson for the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Fisheries and Marine Resources, Hon Neneh Lebbie noted that Fisheries and Marine Resources Ministry is contributing to the breadbasket of the country and described the performance of the Ministry as excellent whilst urging officials of the ministry to keep it up.  She however disclosed that some districts do not have cold rooms.

The Chairperson further maintained that the meeting with the Ministry was part of their functions and that it is not any way aimed at witch-hunting anyone, rather, to ensure that they all work together for the furtherance of the Ministry.

In her contribution, the Minister said when she took up office, she and team went round all fishing communities in the country to ascertain firsthand what were available. She informed the Committee that fishing vessels are no longer using the country’s flag, adding that all fishing registrations should now be done in Sierra Leone.

The Minister stressed that they discovered that there is acute sanitation issues in fishing communities such as lack of proper toilet facilities and water supply.

She spoke of the yellow card system and the European Union Certification on fishing and outlined the challenges of the Ministry.

On his part, the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mohamed Jalloh said the Ministry is working towards food security, revenue generation and employment but however confessed that they have challenges in the area of human resource.

Various members of the Committee expressed satisfaction over the performance of the ministry.