As part of its efforts to empower Nigerians, an Abuja-based nongovernmental organisation (NGO), Helpline Foundation for the Needy, at the weekend, trained over 200 residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on fish farming.
The trainees, who came from various parts of the FCT and beyond, were trained on various aspect of fish handling, such as water management and disease control, fish feeds (food) and feeding, and marketing strategy among others.
In his opening remarks, the resource person, Onoja Sunday Musa, frowned that Nigeria presently imports about 700, 000 metric tons of fish for domestic consumption, yet cannot meet the domestic demand of her teaming population.
Musa, who is the managing director, Flourishing Centre Fish Farm, Green Land Estate, behind Obasanjo Farm Ota, Ogun State, noted that the fish industry still remains the most virgin investment in Nigeria, compared with the importation of frozen fish.
Founder/chief executive officer of the NGO, Dr Jumai Ahmadu, told LEADERSHIP that the training programme was aimed at reducing the rates of unemployment and over dependent in government jobs.
Ahmadu explained that fish farming business is an enterprise that one could start, using any amount of money, no matter how small, adding that the training was subsidized to enable many Abuja residents, especially the less-privileged to participate in the programme.
She continued: “We cannot be waiting for the government to give every body jobs. Fish farming business is what you can start it with any amount, no matter how small. That is why we brought many residents, especially the less-privileged together for this training at subsidized rates.”