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Delta to establish 40 fishponds to provide employment


Plans are underway by the Delta State government to establish 40 fishponds in Mbiri community including other communities within Ika North-East Local Council of the state in its bid to provide employment.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Austin Chikezie, who confirmed this in Asaba, disclosed that the communities have donated five hectares of land for the cluster fish farming slated to commence next week.

He said that to ensure a successful fish farming aimed at creating employment for the youths in the areas, the state government had directed all the youths to form co-operative societies for fish farming adding, “we are happy with the corporative attitude of the community towards actualizing this government objective.”

In a letter written and signed by the Obi of the community, Obi Ifeanyi chukwu Alekwe II (JP) and addressed to the Delta State Commissioner for Agriculture, the monarch lauded the state government for the initiative.

He added: “We wish to affirm that the said five hectares of land required for the establishment of the fish cluster farm is readily available in the community for your accessibility, as this gesture will go a long way in creating jobs for the youths in Mbiri, Ika North East Local Government Area and Delta State at large.”

Meanwhile, the Delta State government has proposed a capital vote for its interventionist agency, the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) for the fiscal year 2017.

The amount is to enable it deliver on its mandate of delivering quality services, particularly infrastructure to its mandate oil-bearing communities.

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