By Goth Mohamed Goth
The Director General in the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources has refuted reports carried by local media which claimed that the government had “sold” the publicly owned NEC Fish to private enterprise.
A week earlier on riots broke out in the port city of Berbera, as claimed by the local media then, concerning the public facilities.
Speaking to the media during a press conference on Saturday held at the ministry headquarters the director of fisheries strongly refuted reports which alleged that the government owned facility used for the storage of fish by local fishermen was sold to a private firm known as Al Harbi Holdings.
“The Ministry of Fisheries is in charge of 2 storage facilities and has leased the NEC Fishing facility to two companies of which one is a foreign owned and a local owned company the other one similar to it is known as Batalale and its currently being managed by Sultan Mahmoud Ahmed Sheik and Mr. Ibrahim Dhegoweyne and a privately owned storage facility known as Untied Fishing”, He said.
The DG added , “If Al Harbi holdings is interested in investing in the natural resources of the country then they are welcomed to do so; further more they are citizens of this country and they‘re entailed to invest anywhere they want”.
He continued to say, “I urge fellow countrymen not to tarnish the reputation of fellow citizens who are benefitting the country by investing in the abundant natural wealth”.