LAGOS – As the number of unemployed youths in the country continues to rise, a member of the Federal House of Representatives, Honourable Mufutau Egberongbe, has urged unemployed graduates in the country to consider going into fish farming.
Egberongbe, who is representing Apapa Federal Constituency in the lower chamber of the National Assembly, stated this at a programme, which he facilitated through the Federal Ministry Agriculture and Rural Development, and Lamfortte Resources Limited, tagged: “Promotion and Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture in Apapa Federal Constituency, Lagos State”.
The lawmaker while speaking on the reason for organising the programme, explained that the issue of youth unemployment is paramount to him as an individual and apart from the incidence of traffic in Apapa area of the state, “one major thing that crossed my mind on getting to the National Assembly is this issue of fish farming.
“For me, I decided to facilitate this programme and the whole idea is to create employment while having food on our table. We have so many graduates and I have trained my constituents in pro-graduate schemes and when I did an evaluation and appraisal of that programme, I realised that, what is very key is to have something very pragmatic that can make them earn a living and this is what informed my idea about this fish farming.
“I know that agriculture is the way to go now because our economy is at its lowest ebb, crude oil is no more fanciable, there are other modes of generating energy in the recent time and agriculture is the in-thing, which is what informed what made me feel that our graduates should be introduced to fish farming.
“They can start selling from their households even before going to the market, it is a stable that would always be needed by all and sundry. I will use this medium to advise our unemployed youths to consider going into this profitable venture,” Egberongbe said.
He further explained that the programme is not one that will go in one swipe, “I am very serious and very determined about this programme, I have collapsed them into a Whatsapp group and they will be monitored, even officials from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture have promised to be on the Whatsapp group in order to mentor and to appraise the growth and development of the participants.
“Those who excel will be taken away from the tank aquaculture and will be taken to be settled on the farm land somewhere in Epe, Ejinrin to be precise, where they will begin on a larger scale,” he assured.
Over 80 participants who benefited from the programme held at Arakan Primary School in Apapa, were taken through lectures on successful fish farming and they were each given a fishing tank, fingerlings and bags of fish feed.
Some of the beneficiaries lauded the lawmaker for the programme promising to utilise the opportunity optimally.