By Ousman A. Marong
The minister of Fisheries and Water Resources, Hon. James Gomez, Thursday, 6th December, 2018 began a nationwide tour of project sites and facilities under his purview. The tour is meant to look at challenges confronting the Fisheries Ministry and water scarcity affecting rural communities in The Gambia.
The minister and his delegation’s first point of call was the aquaculture center in Medina Kanuma (Mayamba) in the Lower Nuimi District of the North Bank Region (NBR). The minister noted that the project will create jobs for young people in the area. He called on aquaculture farmers to formulate a proposal outlining their constraints for immidiate intervention.
The delegation also inspected a UNICEF sponsored public toilet facility in Kuntaya Lower Basic School in NBR. The principal of the school, Alhagie A. Njie, said the toilet facilities have been very beneficial to the school.
The Minister further visited Darsilameh in NBR where the Nema project constructed 5 fish ponds.
Speaking at a meeting with the fishing community of Baddibu Salikenneh, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Fisheries, Dr. Bamba Banja, urged the youths to venture into the fisheries sector in order to become self-reliant and productive.