1,200 Traditional Fishermen Appeal for Support

first_imgTraditional fishermen are Liberians who are engaged in small scale fishing in communities located along the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. They depend on the practice as a trade as well as to feed their families, and 1,210 of them want support from the Liberian government and other public and non-governmental organizations in the sector.According to Mr. Wle Wle Kofa, chairman of the Traditional Fishermen Association of Liberia, (TFAL), members from West Point to New Kru Town and other areas that border the Atlantic Ocean are in need of material support.“Our members are hard hit by the coastal erosion that has affected West Point, New Kru Town, Colonel West and Popo Beach and I think it is about time the government and organizations in the sector turn to support our members,” Mr. Kofa said in an interview yesterday in Monrovia.He said TFAL has members from Cape Palmas, Maryland County to Monrovia, Montserrado County and they all suffer from the increasing coastal erosion that has affected Liberia in the last couple of years.“Our members live in poor and extremely poor communities and their children hardly get better education,” Kofa said, adding, “I think this sector has been ignored for a long time and it deserves some attention by the government and non-government organizations in the sector.”Kofa explained that traditional Liberian fishermen use smaller canoes for their work hence are unable to raise themselves above the poverty line. As a result their children suffer greatly, said Kofa. “Many times male children of fishermen follow their fathers to do the very job that has kept them down for so long,” he said, adding that, “without financial support that could help them purchase bigger canoes for large catches, the situation remains the same year after year.”The females, he said, to a large extent end up with children at an early age, “and this is not good for the country. The women later get involved in drying and selling fish at the various markets and the cycle continues.”Kofa made an appeal to the Liberian government not to forget the sector and those who spend their lives making a living in the only trade they know. “This particular industry has been practiced by our people from time immemorial and so we must find means to grow it.”Mrs. Betty Nyanti, a mother of eight, is the head of women whose husbands engage in small scale fishing in Colonel West. “I have been able to educate seven of my kids and only the 8th child followed his father to become a fisherman,” she said, “it’s been hard but I am thankful that my husband Stephen has been of great help.”She said her husband is sometimes fortunate to make a huge catch but “very often we sell some and use some for the family.” She admitted it is a hand to mouth occupation because at times, “Stephen returns with nothing.” She said the majority of her women friends have not been lucky.“Many children, particularly the women, don’t really get good education and they follow their mothers to sell in the market,” she said. She hoped the sector can be improved.Many Liberians residing in coastal areas of the country are involved in small scale fishing from Cape Mount, Grand Bassa, Grand Kru, Sinoe, Maryland and Montserrado counties, for what Mr. Kofa describes as ‘fishing to survive,’ and are in need of government and partners’ support to raise their occupation to a better level.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nakumatt thrash Homeboyz at Toyoyo

first_img0Shares0000Lucas Indeche and teammates celebrate after beating Homeboyz in a Kenyan Premier League clashNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 17- Goalkeeper Lucas Indeche scored from 70 yards out to put the icing on the cake as relegation battling Nakumatt revenged for their first leg 2-0 loss beating Kakamega Homeboyz 6-1 at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on Sunday morning.Nakumatt who have been in resurgence since the take-over by city politician Francis Mureithi picked a vital three points that catapulted them to 12th in the standings with 23 points, further injecting some confidence into their fight to avoid the chop. Indeche’s goal which beat his opposite number Mike Wanyika in comical fashion put to the end Nakumatt’s dominance after Cornelius Juma stepped off the bench to score a brace adding on to goals from Kevin Thairu, Tom Adwar and Boniface Mukhekhe.Homeboyz new coach Paul Nkata continued his search for a maiden win since taking over with his first game in charge last week ending in a 1-1 draw with Ulinzi Stars in Nakuru.Nakumatt had a perfect start to the match with Boniface Mukhekhe striking them into the lead within the opening minute of the game with a sweetly struck volley from the edge of the box after Homeboyz’s clearance of a corner fell on his path.Kakamega Homeboyz’s Jimmy Bageya goes down under a challenge from Nakumatt’s Mohammed Nigol during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on June 17, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTen minutes later, Nakumatt were wheeling away celebrating their second goal after Tom Adwak’s powerful header off a Moses Odhiambo freekick found keeper Mike Wanyika off his guard, the ball bouncing off the inside off the upright into the net.Nakumatt were dominant from the start,, commanding possession and passing the ball sweetly around the park.In the 26th minute, Moses Chikati almost turned the ball into his own net as he attempted to cut off a powerfully inswinging freekick from Odhiambo. From the resultant corner Timonah Wanyonyi wasted a glorious opportunity directing a header wide unmarked from Kevin Thairu’s delivery.Homeboyz started growing into the match and they had a chance in the 28th minute when Eston Esiye picked the ball off an error from Wanyonyi but his powerful shot was fisted away by Lucas Indeche in the Nakumatt goal.Kakamega Homeboyz’s Eston Esiye vies for the ball with Nakumatt’s Tom Adwar during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on June 17, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluFour minutes later though, they halved the deficit and revived their hopes of a comeback when Andrew Waisswa rose above everyone else in the box to head home a corner from Noah Wafula on the second attempt after his first was cut short by the defense.The goal aroused some fighting spirit from the visitors and they pressed more. Wafula had an effort in the 35th minute with a shot from range which was tipped over the bar for a corner by Indeche.Nakumatt thought they had a third seven minutes to half time when Wanyonyi tapped the ball home from a Thairu pass, but the goal was ruled out for offside.In the second half, Nakumatt enjoyed a similar start to the one they had in the opening half, scoring within the opening minute. Substitute Brian Nyakan who had come on for John Njoroge made an immediate impact delivering a cross from the left which was headed home by Thairu.Wafula almost made a response on the other end for Homeboyz in the seventh minute but his shot from the right was punched away by Indeche.Nakumatt’s Moses Thairu joins Cornelius Juma in celebrating his goal during a Kenyan Premier League match against Kakamega Homeboyz at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on June 17, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOn the turn of play, Nakumatt almost made it 4-1 when Juma broke into the box but his shot was saved by Wanyika.However in the 67th minute, he made amends with a sweet finish from inside the box after outmuscling Waisswa inside the box.He completed his brace five minutes later in the same fashion this time running into a Thairu through pass before shooting low past Wanyika.Indeche then put the icing on the cake with a sumptuous goal, his long range shot from almost 70 metres out finding Wanyika off his line.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more