President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has named Elizabeth Afoley Quaye as the Minister nominated for Fisheries and Aquaculture .
Madam Quaye who is the Member of Parliament for Krowor in the Greater Accra region has worked at the Ministry of Agriculture as a civil servant for about two decades.
Announcing the third batch of ministerial nominees at the Flagstaff House, President Akufo-Addo described Madam Quaye as a civil servant who understands issues pertaining to her portfolio.
“She is a first time Member of Parliament, she is going to be a minister, but her background, 20 years in the Ministry of Agriculture. In fact this was her schedule , because her schedule was a civil servant. But I believe her exposure, her knowledge of the issues in the industry are second to none in our country,” he said
“When you speak to her you will know, and very soon the world will know it in the way she conducts herself in the Ministry. She comes from a fishing community, she is a Member of Parliament for a fishing community and I think she is very very idly positioned to be an advocate for that community for that industry as well as a policy maker to make sure that the decline that we have seen in the income of fisher folks, that decline is arrested,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo charged her to help solve important issues that affect marine and aquaculture development.
“This is an industry that affects about two million people in Ghana and I do not have to underline or overemphasize its importance in the economy of our country .There are important matters that now confront all of us .
“The depletion of our marine stocks. Methods of fishing . The apparent decline in artisanal fishing all these are very important issues not only for the community involved in fishing but the nation at large”.
Madam Quaye attended University of Ghana, Legon.
By: Lawrence Segbefia/citibusinessnews.com/Ghana