440 graduants of the first and second batches of the ongoing training and empowerment scheme on Integrated Rice and Fish Farming in Kaura Federal Constituency of Kaduna State are full of praises for the Minority Whip of the House of Representatives, Hon. Gideon Lucas Gwani for the vast knowledge and skills they have acquired at the training.
The Rice and Fish Farming skill acquisition programme is, among others the Constituency Project of Hon. Gwani, which is organized by the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR), Lagos.
“The human capital development programme is in batches, which is aimed at developing the vast human capital resources in Kaura constituency. This is to prepare the huge reversoir of untapped population in Kaura Constituency to become entrepreneurs and employers of labour in the near future. The programme is also focused at taking advantage of the ever growing demand for fish protein for human consumption, the production of animal feeds and pharmaceutical drugs,” Gwani explained.
He advised the graduants to go into the fish business and explore all the opportunities the market has for potential investors.
“I urged all the graduants to put the skills they have acquired into use, create wealth for themselves and their families and create opportunities for the unemployed also. The skills acquired can be termed “wasted” if it is not put into use, if it does not create wealth and if not being transferred.”
According to a resource person and leader of the training from NIOMR, Dr. Ayoaba Cookey, “the training is on the production of fingerlings and feeds.”
The President, National Youth Council of Nigeria, Kaura Chapter, Istifanus Ayuba poured encomium on Hon. Gwani and the organisers, facilitators and all the trainers, participants and graduants of the programme for making it worthwhile.
One of the graduants, Marcillinus Bagu, said, the programme is laudable. He equally thanked Hon. Gwani on behalf of the graduants for the wisdom he exhibited in enabling the programme.
Gurara Accord gathered that the 440 graduants were given a starter pack of N50,000 each which according to the trainers, the amount is enough to start the fish farming project in a GP tank.