Fishing Communities in the North West Guadalcanal Constituency are encouraged to fully utilise their centre which was recently opened at Tambea village.
Chief Guest and MP for North West Guadalcanal Constituency, Hon Bodo Dettke said the fisheries centre will go a long way in helping the people of his constituency, particularly those that live close to it when it becomes fully operational.
And the MP has praised both the former DCC Government under Manasseh Sogovare’s leadership and the coalition government (SIDCCG) under the leadership of Hon. Prime Minister. Ricky Hou for their vision which saw the completion Centre.
“I would like to thank the government for making this a reality for my people. Our fishing community will now be able to access ice at the centre to preserve their catch or store it,” he said.
He told the guests and those that came to witness the occasion that the new fisheries centre will boost economic activity in his constituency.
“As someone who spent most of his child hood days in the constituency he relates to the difficulties people face daily to meet their needs and wants.
Hon Dettke encouraged his people to utilise the centre for purposes it is intended for and not for any other purpose.
He said the people of his constituency were privileged to have that centre built because land has always been a major issue that stands in the way of any development in other places.
“My family saw the need for this centre so we decided to allow this piece of land for
He said with land issue being a major obstacle to any development in Solomon Islands, he and his family had to offer their land for the centre to be built on to serve the needs of the fishing community.
Hon. Bodo assured the people of his constituency that the centre belongs to them although it is built on their land.
“This is your centre and I want you to take ownership of it and make use of it to benefit your families,” he told them.
The Constituency Fisheries Centre is equipped with three solar powered freezers, and outboard motor and engine and a generator.
A Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) has been deployed early this week by officers from the Ministry of Fisheries to ensure access to fish by the fishing community.