Concord Times (Freetown)

23 January 2012

Sierra Leone: Fogbo Admits to Illegal Fishing

Over a hundred fishermen in Fogbo in the Western area rural district still engage in illegal form of fishing, says the headman of the community, Pa Ibrahim Mandela while highlighting some of the problems facing his people.

"Our biggest problem here is the illegal fishing. Authorities from the ministries of fisheries and mines resources arrest us everyday because we are yet to use the real method of fishing," said Mandela on Friday at the Fogbo town market at a one-day discussion forum with some of the community's stakeholders such as councilors, local chiefs, youth including women to look into problems affecting the development of their community. "We are still using the old method of fishing despite that the government has introduced a new system of fishing."

He noted that his community is one of the most peaceful in terms of political violence and his people believe that the government cannot be able to take care of all their problems. Mr. Mandela called on the government to start thinking of issues affecting his community as the 2012 general election gets closer. "We are ready to vote but solving our problem will motivate us more," he said.

Fogbo is one of the communities in Sierra Leone with large numbers of fishermen.

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