Hammed Shittu in Ilorin
Kwara State Government has urged fish farmers in the state to develop comprehensive data base of its members in order to assist the government in policy making decisions.
The Commissioner for Water Resources, HUsman Yunusa Lade stated this in Ilorin when members of the Association of Fish Farmers in Kwara State (AFFAK) paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Ilorin.
He said the present administration in the state is building on the leadership style of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, which has made food security a priority, making reference to the renaming of the Ministry of Agriculture to include food security.
He said, “President Tinubu created a new ministry; Marine and Blue Economy, which will ensure sustainable growth, improved livelihoods, and creation of jobs while also preserving the health of the ocean ecosystem.
“Every government is looking towards Blue Economy right now and it is only right that Kwara State Government also does all in its capacity to ensure that we support your Association and also create more jobs for the teeming youths”.
The Permenant Secretary, Mrs. Christiana Asonibare had appreciated the efforts of the Fish Farmers, noting that the association’s requests needed to follow due process and necessary protocols.
Earlier, the President of the Association of Fish Farmers in the State, Brig. General Saidu Oladipo(rtd) and Chairman of Body of Trustees, Babatunde Salami had briefed the commissioner on their past efforts to bring together all the fish farmers and producers in the state.