(Monrovia, Liberia) –Assorted hygiene materials have been presented to members of the Fishing communities in West Point.
The items put at the cost of forty-nine thousand United States dollars were presented by the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) with support from the European Union.
They include NaFAA/EU customized large drums with foot-stand faucets, small rubber buckets with faucets, nose masks, cholera, powder soap, and sanitizers.
West Point is one of the many coastal communities in Montserrado County and the items were distributed as part of efforts to stop the spread of Coronavirus .
NaFAA is also distributing flyers as part of efforts in sensitizing coastal residents about the danger of the Coronavirus in the country.
The NaFAA and EU COVID-19 materials which is the first of several distributions of assorted hygiene materials will benefit several fishing communities situated in Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, and Margibi Counties.
The initiative – NaFAA/EU COVID-19 Project, is being supported through the European Union Sectorial Support funding to Liberia.
Speaking during the official launch of the exercise in West Point Tuesday, NaFAA’s Deputy Director-General for Administration, Augustine Monoballah, urged fishers and fishmongers in the country to remain more resilient in the fight against COVID-19.
Even though the government has taken concrete steps in the containment of the pandemic, evidenced by the recoveries of people affected by the virus, Mr. Monoballah said, recent statistics by the National Public Health Institute of Liberia, shows COVID-19 is in the country.
Deputy Director-General Monoballah recalled the support of the European Union to the fisheries sector, naming the EU as a major partner to Liberia’s development drive on many fronts.
The occasion was graced by local government officials, fishermen, fishmongers, and residents.
The Commissioner of the township of West Point, William Wea, lauded the effort of NaFAA for the initiative, describing the intervention as timely.
Also speaking at the ceremony was Nyantee Slehthe, President of the Core Management Association (the liaison between NaFAA and the fishing community).
In May 2017, during the last year of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the European Union (EU) issued Liberia a yellow card, identifying it as not being cooperative in the fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.
In recent years, the Government of Liberia (GoL) and the EU have been working behind the scenes in hopes of removing the yellow card.
EU and Liberia have a Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (SFPA), established the principles, rules, and procedures governing the conditions under which Union vessels may engage in fishing activities in the Liberian fishing zone, economic, financial, technical and scientific cooperation in the fisheries sector with a view to promoting sustainable fishing in the Liberian fishing zone and the development of the Liberian fisheries sector.