The Ministry of Labour has turned down a request from the Ghanaian fishery’s community to exempt them (fishermen) from paying work permit fees.
Minister Moses Kollie
According to the community, they have not been paying during previous administration based on negotiation with authorities at the Ministry of Labour; something they believe should continue under the current administration of Minister Moses Kollie.
According to the Labor Ministry Release on its facebook page, in reaction to their appeal, Labour Minister Moses Y. Kollie and team promised to uphold the laws of the country and assured them of his administration’s highest cooperation in ensuring that all of them obtain work permits in a timely manner to avoid future embarrassment.
As provided, Section 2 category B of regulations number 17 of 2009 provides that “ECOWAS Citizens who seek employment in the informal sector shall pay a work permit fee of US$100.00 (One hundred United States Dollars)”.
The fishermen are said to be in the informal sector and according to regulations number 17 of 2009, they are to pay one hundred United States Dollars annually something they believe, they should not pay.
The Labour Ministry further stressed, no portion of the law will be compromised as the country is a country of laws and those here must uphold existing instruments.