The Federal Government has again reaffirmed its determination and commitment to boost the fish sector in the Agricultural Value Chain Programme, in order to achieve the diversification of the economy and increase home grown food production, self-sufficiency and food security.
The Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri said this when he received, the Secretary General, Fisheries Committee for the West and Central Gulf of Guiana, Seraphim Dedi in his office in Abuja recently.
The Minister said that 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 the economy.
He also informed the delegation that the Nigerian government has decided cases of illegal and unregistered fishing companies and this has greatly enhanced the quality and quantity of fish production and security thereby creating youth employment
Senator Lokpobiri also confirmed the hosting of 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.
Earlier, Dedi said that he came on this special visit 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.
Dedi explained that the committee is a regional technical fishery body constituted by the Food and Agriculture organization (FAO) to harness a common interest in the region.