The Federal Government has expressed readiness and commitment to boost the Fish Sector in the Agricultural Value Chain Programme.
Minister of State for Agriculture, Heineken Lokpobiri disclosed this when he received the Secretary General, Fisheries Committee for the West and Central Gulf of Guiana, His Excellency Seraphim Dedi in his Office in Abuja recently.
According to the minister, the initiative was aimed at achieving the diversification of the economy and to promote home grown food production, self-sufficiency and food security programs of the federal government.
According to Lokpobiri “with the present reality of non-oil economy, agriculture must take its rightful place to grow the economy, and fishery is a huge market that will contribute to grow our economy”.
He noted that the Government has significantly tackled the cases of illegal and unregistered fishing companies and this has in turn led to the quality and quantity of fish production and security, youth employment as well as increased wealth generation and improved standard of living of citizens.
Lokpobiri also assured Nigeria’s readiness to host the 10th Conference of Ministers of the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) in Abuja Nigeria and hoped to have Mr. President declare it open.
Speaking on the visit, Secretary General of FCWC, His Excellency Seraphim Dedi explained that it was for introduction, stressing the Nigeria strategic role in helping to achieve the committee’s objectives.
“This visit is to introduce the committee and emphasize Nigerian’s Strategic place in galvanizing the committee’s strategic role in achieving the committee’s mandate and to also outline its place in the global fishing component”, he expressed.