Gombe state government said it will spend over N46million on the construction of fish feed mill and rehabilitation of its fish production farm that was washed away by flood in 2012, even as 87 women cooperative groups in Delta South Senatorial District received a fish smoking kiln each in continuation of the Delta State Government’s effort in creating jobs for women and promoting Fishery value chain support programme in the state.
According to the Borno’s Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Water Resource, Alhaji Yakubu Bajoga, over N 16 million went into the development of fish feed mill which has just started production and would soon launch its products into the market.
The Permanent Secretary, who made this known in Gombe during handover to the new Commissioner, Sa’adau Sa’ad Mustapha, said N25 million he added, would go into the rehabilitation of the washed away fish farm, while another N5 million would be spent on the completion of the state fish hatchery plant.
He said the fish farm which sprawled across six hectares of land stocked over 40,000 fish fingerlings that were already close to being harvested.
Bajoga further explained that the state government suffered a loss of N16 million to N24 million from that incident.
He said the Ministry equally had an ongoing hydro-electricity project at Balanga Dam, saying all projects under the Ministry were ready for inspection with a view to ensuring they are completed.
In Delta, the fish smoking kilns were distributed to the women with cash component for transport fare by the Office of the Chief Job Creation Officer at three centres, Ughelli, Warri and Koko respectively, under the Production and Processing Support Programme, PPSP.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the 87 women cooperative groups were drawn from the 87 wards that constitute the 8 local government areas in the district.
Presenting 44 fish smoking kilns to the women’s groups from Isoko North, Isoko South, Bomadi and Patani Local Government Areas in Ughelli Township Stadium yesterday, the Chief Job Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, said the distribution of the kilns to women’s groups across the state was part of the State Government’s empowerment programme for women at the grassroots in fulfilment of the Governor’s promise of prosperity for all Deltans.
Prof. Eboh, represented by the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Political Matters, Jerry Erugdegde, explained that the smoking kilns are grants to the women meant to engage them meaningfully in fish processing, as well as to boost fish production in the state.
He urged them to sustain the existing cooperation among them so as to benefit from other government programmes and policies targeted at women in the state.
Prof Eboh’s Representative was also at Koko where he distributed 10 fish smoking kilns to women groups in Warri North Local Government Area with a call on them to use the equipment to create jobs and wealth through fish processing and to meet the high demand for fish in Delta State in particular and in Nigeria in general.
Responding on behalf of the women groups, Mrs. Felicia Babudor from Patani Local Government Area expressed their gratitude to the State government for the kind gesture, pledging that they would use the fish smoking kiln to generate wealth for themselves and their families.

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