In an effort to build the capacity of Liberia’s Seafarers and to bridge the gap in the sector which has been created over the years as a result of the lack of training, about fifty Seafarers over the weekend walked away with deserving certificates after the end of a one-week intensive international Seafarers training.
The program was held in collaboration with the regional maritime university.
Serving as keynote speaker at the closing ceremony, President George Weah commended the management team of the National Fisheries & Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) for molding the minds of potential Seafarers of the Country.
The Liberian leader historicized the ineffectiveness of the sector due to lack of training and support but was quick to point out his government support and full preparedness to ensure the revamping of said sector of government.
As evidence of that over one hundred personnel in the sector are now been empowered under his regime unlike in the past as more are expected.
He encouraged the new graduates to be focus, discipline and committed to service in a bid to send out a good message about Liberia to the globe mainly in the sector.
“Your dedication to duty as well as passion and determination will pave the way for your fellow colleagues,” Dr. Weah told graduates of seafarers of Liberia.
Also speaking at the program was the Director General of NaFAA, Emma Metieh Glasco who pledged her institution willingness to work to improve the (NaFAA)
“This sector Mr. President has the potential to increase revenue for the country and boast up the economy as well and as such, your support will make our dream collectively become a reality,” she added.
She praised the partners and international trainers for their support and capacity building to her people.
“We have several plans to help create more jobs for our people including empowerment,” Madam Glasco told the gathering.
The training which she added will be a continuous one will further help enhance the workings and activities of the NaFAA
In brief remarks, the head of decision of the regional Maritime University, Joshua Addo challenged the current government to do more in supporting activities of the sector.
With the position of Liberia on the coastal line in West Africa as well as blessed and rich in land and water more should be done to better the living conditions of the people.
The NaFAA which was formerly a bureau now an authority is amongst other things responsible for the management and developing of Liberia’s fishery resources.
The sector presents huge economic prospects of attracting investment and expanding Liberia’s fisheries thereby enabling sustainable economic growth and development.