Vice President Joseph N .Boakai
“We Can No Longer Fold Our Hands And Complain Of The Decline In Iron Ore Prices,” VP Boakai
By Robert Dixon
MONROVIA, October 8 (LINA)-Vice President Joseph N .Boakai is urging Liberians to seek opportunities provided by other resources the country is endowed with, rather than fold their hands and complain about the decline in iron ore and rubber prices.
He said Liberia is a country endowed with numerous resources, among which agriculture ranks high.
Vice President Boakai made the call Thursday at the ground-breaking ceremony for the rehabilitation of the Mesurado Industrial Fisheries Terminal organized by the West Africa Regional Fisheries Program under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture.
He observed that Liberian fishes are among the world’s best and urged that like the old Mesurado Fishing Company, Liberians should once again take the lead in producing and exporting fish and fish products.
Vice President Boakai attributed the annual loss the country experiences in an otherwise highly profitable industry to the lack of a dedicated port for fish landing, lack of a functional fisheries monitoring, surveillance and control system, weak or non-existent legal framework for management of fisheries and weak fisheries enforcement capabilities.
“All this has translated into an insignificant contribution of marine fish resources to the national economy,” the Liberian Vice President noted.
In remarks at the ceremony, the Coordinator of the West Africa Regional Fisheries Program in Liberia (WARFP), Dr. Lawrence Isaac Braimah, said the objective of the project is to sustainably increase the wealth that marine fish resources can provide to Liberia.
He said this it can be done by strengthening fisheries governance, reducing illegal fishing and increasing the local economic value of fisheries in the country.