Mr SAMUEL KWAME OTENG
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR I
MINISTRY OF FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE DEVELOPMENT
Industry / Sector
Agriculture & Allied Services
Mr. Samuel Kwame Oteng is a graduate of the University of Ghana and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Ghana where he obtained his undergraduate and Masters Degrees respectively.
Mr. Oteng has been with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD) since his appointment into the Ghana Civil Service in 2014 as an Assistant Director IIB and currently, an Assistant Director I. He has for the past eight (8) years been with MoFAD. As an Assistant Director I, his duties include preparation of draft speeches, reports/briefs, Cabinet Memos and routine correspondence. Mr. Oteng displays high level of intelligence, strong logical and analytical skills in his presentations. His commitment to carry out job responsibilities even outside his assigned duties is very commendable. The high sense of punctuality, high quality of work in his presentations and commitment to work has made him a reliable and dependable officer to MoFAD.
Mr. Oteng’s expertise and knowledge in the core task of the Ministry and the Civil Service is very commendable. This has reflected in his active participation and contributions in the development and implementation of fisheries related policies and projects including the Co-Management Policy for the Fisheries Sector and revised National Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy.
Mr. Oteng has effectively combined his knowledge, competencies and skills as an Administrator toward providing solutions to some of the challenges facing the Ministry and in building a strong foundation for the Ministry. He is a conscientious and diligent worker. His ability and disposition to learn quickly, take up challenges, innovate and effectively work in teams enables him to produce very good results in a variety of assignments given to him. He comes across as a self-motivated individual with positive attitude towards work. He is an inspiration to the Junior Officers of the Ministry who look up to him for advice in matters relating to their official duties and beyond. Mr. Oteng’s willingness to support others to achieve goals has earned him the admiration of the majority of his colleagues at the Ministry.
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.