More Fish Shops to Open Countrywide

THE Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernard Esau, says the ministry is planning to open more fish shops around the country to shorten long queues experienced at most of the shops.

There are currently three fish shops in the north – at Ondangwa, Ongwediva and Eenhana.

Esau said this during a meeting held under the theme “Promotion of Fisheries Sector to Wealth and Food Security in Namibia”, where complaints were raised about long queues at fish shops at Ongwediva.

“My ministry is planing to open more fish shops around the country. I have realised that some people spend many hours in long queues, while others end up going back home empty-handed. Oshakati will soon also have its own fish shop,” said Esau.

Emilia Angara, a resident of Ongwediva complained of lack of customer service at the Ongwediva fish shop and the trouble many customers endure on the hands of security guards employed at some of the fish shops.

“We suffer from those security guards, who beat us and sometimes chase us away if we complain of anything. They always treat us like trash. Something must be done about that,” complained Angara.

Esau urged the security guards to stop beating people. He also said the ministry will discuss ways of how to improve customer service at most fish shops.

He further encouraged private stakeholders to build more fish shops in Namibia to reduce the unemployment rate and bring decentralisation closer to the people.

He said that the fisheries ministry will also continue to promote aquaculture.

Source : The Namibian