The leaderships of the Central Regional Fishermen Union, have paid a courtesy call on the newly appointed acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microfinance and Small Loans Center (MASLOC), Sedina Tamakloe Attionu, to congratulate her on her new position.
The Union Executives, representing about 45 fishing communities from the region, who paid the visit to the MASLOC Head Office in Accra yesterday, were led by the Regional Coordinator of the fishermen, Frank Acquah.
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Mr. Acquah said, the visit was to express their gratitude for the massive support MASLOC had given to their respective fishing communities over the years.
According to him, through the overwhelming support being enjoyed from MASLOC, majority of the people in the area are now employed and are making a decent living.
Mr. Acquah, also acknowledged the contribution of MASLOC to them last year, by providing a number of outboard motors and other fishing materials to lessen the economic difficulties of fishermen.
Nonetheless, Mr. Acquah appealed to the CEO for more outboard motors and fishing nets, so as to support other fishing communities who did not benefit from the first donation.
He again appealed to management of MASLOC to assist them with commercial vehicles to be used as taxis by non-fishermen.
The delegation, numbering about 25 pleaded for soft loans to support the fishmongers who are mostly women.
They also asked for loans to enable them purchase canoes as this would create more jobs and wealth for the community.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Tamakloe Attionu, on her part thanked the delegation for the visit and assured them of MASLOC’s continuous support to the fishing industry.
She advised them to do their best by paying back on time the loans, so that in likewise manner, other applicants could also benefit.
According to her, MASLOC is currently making arrangements to purchase more outboard motors to support the activities of more fishermen.
She assured the delegation that her doors are always opened to all fisher folks in the country, since it was the duty of MASLOC to support President John Dramani Mahama in fulfilling the “Better Ghana Agenda”, promise to Ghanaians.
Meanwhile, Public Relation Officer (PRO) for of MASLOC, Mustapha Abubakar, told The Herald that operation of MASLOC does not only deal with fishermen, but also give loans to small scale businesses.
Mr. Abubakar emphasized that, MASLOC is a microfinance apex body, responsible for implementing the Government of Ghana’s (GoG) microfinance programmes targeted at reducing poverty, creating jobs and wealth.
He said, over the years MASLOC has modestly established itself, not only as a microfinance institution that disburses micro and small loans to the identified poor in the various sectors of the Ghanaian economy, but also provides business advisory services, training and capacity building for small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs), as well as, collaborating with institutions, to provide them with the required skills and knowledge, in managing their businesses efficiently and effectively.