It is good to hear that the Fisheries Ministry has devisd ways to ensuring that the country does not experience fish shortages especially during feast periods. Its engagement with two fishing companies to address this phenomenon is indeed a great step in the right direction.
As we have always stressed on this page, our development prospects rest, for the most part, in the hands of our own people. In history, there is not a single nation that has attained full development without the full utilisation of its own resources. Regretfully though, it has taken many of us ages to come to appreciate the fact that our locally available wherewithal is more than enough to transform our country.
Suffice to say, fish, being the most popular source of protein for Gambians by virtue of its availability, as compared to meat, forms a crucial part of meals prepared in Gambian households. For many more people, it is even popular during certain feasts; religious as well as social. Unfortunately, despite its abundance, there is a shortage during these feasts, because the foreign nationals we rely on have to go home to spend these special occasions with their families. This is all the more reason why Gambians should take ownership of this very important industry.
The move by the Ministry is therefore an indication that the government is not relenting in its drive to ensure that Gambians are given the opportunity to run their own affairs. We know that this recent development came on the heels of numerous other efforts ranging from training of youths on fishing techniques to equipping youth groups with fishing gadgets, building of storage facilities among others, all in a bid to ensure that our young people take fishing as an enterprise. As we always advise, it is up to the people to seize the opportunities created by government. We once again call on the youth of the country to explore the fishing sector as it is as lucrative as all the other sectors.