A new engineering workshop for the Ghana Nautical College was opened at Nangua on Tuesday (29 Sept) by a Norwegian Member of Parliament, Mr Sverre Nybo.
A new engineering workshop for the Ghana Nautical College was opened at Nangua on Tuesday (29 Sept) by a Norwegian Member of Parliament, Mr Sverre Nybo. The workshop will help train crewmen and officers for Ghana's growing fishing fleet.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Ghana Minister of Transport and Communications, Mr Harona Esseku, said that the new facility would mean that increasing numbers of Ghanaian fishing vessels will be fully manned with local crews. He expressed gratitude to the Norwegian Government for the technical aid that has helped develop the training workshop.
In reply, Mr Nybo said that Norway is aware of the problems facing new nations. He added that the struggle for progress and welfare in developing countries must be intensified in years to come.
Work on the engineering workshop started in January last year and comes under an agreement signed with Norway in 1968. The object of the agreement is to establish a centre for the practical and theoretical training of deck officers and engineers for the operation and maintenance of the fishing fleet. The fishing industry in Ghana employs more than 150,000 people and the new training scheme is part of a policy to enable fishing to make an increasing contribution to the economy.