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Lagos plans establishment of mega fish farm estate

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle) with his Deputy, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule (right) and the State Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Otunba Henry Ajomale, during the maiden edition of the Quarterly Town Hall meeting to render account of stewardship of Governor Ambode’s administration 1st quarter in Office, at the Abesan Mini Stadium, Abesan Housing Estate, Ipaja, Lagos, on Tuesday, October 06, 2015.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle) with his Deputy, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule (right) and the State Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Otunba Henry Ajomale, during the maiden edition of the Quarterly Town Hall meeting to render account of stewardship of Governor Ambode’s administration 1st quarter in Office, at the Abesan Mini Stadium, Abesan Housing Estate, Ipaja, Lagos, on Tuesday, October 06, 2015.

Lagos state government is working out arrangements to establish large fish farm estate that will cut across three communities in Ayobo-Ipaja, in Alimosho Local Government Area of the state, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Toyin Suarau, has said.

Suarau made this public while receiving traditional rulers and land owners from Baba Ode, Jagundeyi and Atitebi communities in Ayobo-Ipaja who paid him a courtesy visit in his office.

He stated that the project was at the instance of the communities, stating that the request was made during the maiden Quarterly Town-Hall Meeting of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s in Alimosho area.

“The Government of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode is committed to fulfill all the promises he made to Lagosians during his electioneering campaign and therefore has directed the Ministry of Agriculture to initiate action towards the fulfilment of those promises which include the establishment of the fish farm estate,” Suarau said.

Suarau affirmed that the project would create job opportunities, stimulate economic activities in the host communities and also facilitate the development of other infrastructural development, such as roads, thus necessitating its successful implementation in the benefitting areas.

He gave assurance that work would commence on the project once the memorandum of understanding between the government and affected communities is signed.

The Commissioner explained that fish farming has been identified as the next viable option for increasing domestic fishing production, a realization that has continually propelled government’s investment and support in the sector.

He recalled the success recorded in Ikorodu Fish Farm Estate, while allocation of plots of land for fish farming is almost concluded at the new Ketu-Ereyun Fish Farm Estate in Epe.

The Commissioner however stated that the successes recorded now withstanding,  more investors are still needed in the sector to meet the demand of the ever growing population in the state.

Responding, High Chief Wasiu Akinsola thanked the government on behalf of the traditional rulers and people of the area for acceding to their request of establishing the fish farm in their communities and expressed the williness of the communities to make their land available for the project as well as secure the project in order to help the government to fulfil its promises.

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