Ogun State Commissioner Seeks Youths Involvement In Fish Farming

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The Ogun State Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs Kikelomo Longe, has advised youths to explore the opportunities that abound in fish farming in order to become gainfully employed.

Longe said this at the opening of a three-week training in Fish Farming Business held in Abeokuta.

The event was organised by the Technology Incubation Center, TIC, in partnership with the German Agency for International Cooperation, GIZ.

According to Longe, exploring the potentials in fish farming will provide a veritable platform for them to become self-employed, especially with the prevailing unemployment situation in the country.

The commissioner, represented by the Director, Industrial Promotion in the Ministry, Mr Kehinde Akintomide, said going into fish farming could also help youths contribute to the industrial development of the state.

She said that this could be made possible through the provision of relevant products in the fish value chain, which are useful for industries operating in the state.

She lauded the TIC and GIZ for organising the programme geared towards training 40 youths and women between the ages of 15 and 35 on catfish farming as well as empowering participants with start-up kits.

She further said that the training would contribute to helping unemployed youths become entrepreneurs.

Declaring the training open, the Center Manager, TIC, Abeokuta, Mr. Ifelayo Adejoro, charged the participants to utilise the opportunities provided by the training to improve themselves.

In an address, the Technical Advisor, Employment Promotion, Skills Development for Youth Employment5 GIZ, Mr Amile Terlumun said the training was organised to help the unemployed youths become gainfully employed.

He said that the agency had worked toward providing the right ambience for a successful training and empowerment programme.

Two of the participants, Osiniyi Abolanle and Qudus Bello, thanked the organisers and promised that they would deploy the knowledge they garnered in starting fish farming.


NAN/Confidence Okwuchi