Wouwou pledges support to boost fisheries project

August 24, 2017
Source: The National

SANDAUN Governor Tony Wouwou plans to assist major projects in the province to benefit the people.

He yesterday discussed with the National Fisheries Authority the Vanimo Coastal Fisheries Project undergoing a feasibility process.

“I support the fisheries project that will impact the sustainability of the people’s livelihood, generate internal revenue for the province which will contribute to its development,” he said.

He is looking forward to working with the NFA, government and the landowners to get the project going.

National Fisheries Authority managing director John Kasu said they were looking at creating partnerships to take fisheries development to the provinces.

Kasu said the discussed with Wouwou how to move the project forward.

“NFA is a facilitating agency in terms of fisheries development and management,” he said.

He urged Wouwou and his people to plan properly and move the programme forward so that they could see tangible outcomes in five to 10 years’ time.

The project was endorsed by former deputy governor Titus Suweri five years ago.

Last year, the provincial executive council approved a funding of K9 million as per a submission under the trust fund that belongs to the landowners.

It is waiting for Wouwou to have the money released so that the feasibility process can move ahead.

The NFA estimates that the cost of the feasibility process is K6.5 billion.

 

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