HON MAVIS HAWA KOOMSON, is the Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Awutu Senya East Constituency, having won the Parliamentary Election since 2012. She was born on 3rd February 1966 in Secondi, and a native of Salaga in the Northern Region. She had her Teacher Training Education at the Bimbila Training College from 1987 to 1991 and then proceeded to the University of Education, Winneba where she obtained a Diploma in Basic Education in 2006 and a Degree in Basic Education in 2011. Hon. Mavis Hawa Koomson holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration (DPA), from GIMPA in 2015, and a Masters ‘Degree in Public Administration with specialization in International Relations and Diplomacy from GIMPA in 2017. She was a professional teacher for over 21 years (1991 to 2012) where she rose from the rank of Assistant Superintendent through to Principal Superintendent in 2011. She became a head teacher from 2004 to 2012. During the period of her teaching career, she occupied various positions including president of Ghana National Association of Teachers Ladies Society (GNATLAS) (Sekondi local) from 2005 to 2006, treasurer for GNATLAS (Western Region) from 2003 to 2005, and Secretary for GNATLAS (Takoradi local) from 2002 to 2004. Hon Mavis Hawa Koomson was appointed the Minister for Special Development Initiatives in the year 2017, following the assumption of power of the Nana Addo lead NPP government, a position she diligently served until January 2021. As a member of cabinet, she led the actualization of the vision of His Excellency The President of the Republic, spearheading the implementation of the novel Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Program (IPEP). This program seeks to eradicate poverty through the provision of basic infrastructure at the constituency level, mostly rural and deprived communities. The program is a pro poor initiative which involves the annual allocation of USD1M to each of the 2 75 constituencies in the country. Key achievements includes the initiation of over eight Thousand (8000) varied projects across the country: Clinics, Markets, Warehouses, Water systems, Water Closets, culverts, road reshaping, police stations and schools
The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development is one the Government Ministries in Ghana. It was established in January 20213. The Ministry provides leadership and has oversight responsibility in the management of the Fisheries Sector. It has a core mandate of formulating and implementing sector policies and strategies aimed at transforming the fisheries and aquaculture sector to contribute more effectively to national development through science, technology, innovation and institutional capacity.
The Ministry has two (2) implementing agencies, namely; the Fisheries Commission (FC) and the National Premix Fuel Secretariat (NPFS) The Fisheries Commission is the key implementing agency of the Ministry established under the Fisheries Act, 2002 (Act 625) with a Board and Secretariat headed by an Executive Director. The Fisheries Commission regulates and mages the utilization of fishery and aquaculture resources through effective policy implementation. It advises the Minister on matters pertaining to ensuring the sustainable exploitation of the fisheries resources. The Commission has offices in all the sixteen (16) administrative regions of Ghana.
The National Premix Fuel Secretariat (NPFS) was established by the National Premix Fuel Committee Regulations, 2016 (L.I 2233). The NPFS serves as the Secretariat to the National Premix Fuel Committee established to facilitate the procurement and distribution of premix fuel. The Secretariat is headed by an Administrator.
The following are the vision, mission and goal of the sector Ministry:
Vision: To promote accelerated fisheries and aquaculture development to contribute to national development.
Mission: To transform the fisheries and aquaculture sector and industry into a viable economic segment and provide support services to promote sector investment.
Goal: Increase domestic fish production to offset import of fish and fishery products, and develop and/or transform the fisheries and aquaculture sector into a viable economic segment to contribute to national development.