Reps leader chews stock-fish as he urges Nigerians to invest in agriculture
The Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has charged Nigerians to embrace agriculture as alternative way to cushion effects of the current economic recession. He gave this hint at a fish farming empowerment programme he organized for people of Surulere 1 Federal Constituency, Lagos over the weekend.
The first phase of the agricultural empowerment programme had 100 beneficiaries selected from the Community Development Areas in the constituency.
“the way to go is now agriculture not oil anymore. When we were growing up one of the richest men. His name is Ibru, I use to think Ibru is name of a fish not knowing it was name of a man that made money from fish. So you will make money if you make good use of these equipment. So please don’t sell these equipment so you can feed many people.” , Gbajabiamila said.
“this is a special empowerment because every time people come to me saying I don’t want you to give me fish I want you to teach me how to catch fish, after consultation I came up with this initiative and today each beneficiary is going home with equipment for fish sorting, grading, drying and cool storage worth N250,000.”
The House Leader while appraising the empowerment programme told his constituents that government’s effort to pull the country out of recession is real.
“You can have the fish pond within your compound and I will give you 2 million Naira to buy your first feed for your fishes and you are gradually in a small way getting out of recession.”
In his speech the Executive Director of Nigeria Stored Products Research Institute, Prof. Olufemi Peters spoke on the training offered to the beneficiaries and need to explore the nation’s local technology in making lives better for citizens.
“we partnered with the House Leader because our research institute has experts in fish farming who can turn freshers to fish handlers . In the first phase we have trained 100 beneficiaries in aquaculture, fish cleaning, sorting, glutting, deboning, drying and smoking.”
Also speaking on behalf of beneficiaries, Esther Diamond was full of appreciation to the House Leader for the laudable initiative.
“we really appreciate you and only God will appreciate more because you don’t know what you have really done, you have made us our own boss.”, she said