Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, says the success widely acknowledged to have been recorded by Obasanjo Farms Nigeria Limited (OFN) in the area of Poultry Farming will be replicated in Fish production in Ogun State and Nigeria in general.
Obasanjo promised to make the Federal Government of Nigeria proud in the area of Fish production as OFN partners with the Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authourity (ORBDA) in Aquaculture Fish Farming at Owiwi Dam Irrigation Project, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The former President made the promise when the Managing Director /CEO of ORBDA, Olufemi Odumosu led the ORBDA team invited by the Aquaculture Project Consultant, Aquatic Hub Afrique Network, to see the level of work done on the Pilot Cage Fish Farming by the firm at the Project site last Thursday.
According to a statement by the Head of Public Relations /Protocols of Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authourity, Adeniyi Saliu, Obasanjo also noted that the firm is ready to make Ogun State, the hub of Aquaculture farming, with various potentials available.
Obasanjo who as contained in the statement hope to extend the Cage Fish Farming business to Sepeteri Irrigation Project of ORBDA in Oyo State very soon, thanked the Authority for their support and sought for their continued cooperation to make the partnership a success.
In his response, the MD /CEO, Olufemi Odumosu commended the former President for his tenacity at ensuring and key-in to the Federal Government’s efforts towards food sufficiency and security in Nigeria.
Odumosu said the Authority will also do all within its power to ensure the success of the Partnership.
He noted that most of the Dams constructed by the Federal Government are gradually being utilized for Aquaculture, while he praised the Obasanjo Farms Nigeria Limited for the initiative.
The MD/CEO also seized the opportunity to call on investors to key-in to various business opportunities accruing from the Dams constructed in the Country.
He seized the opportunity to call for the mutual assistance of the former President in curbing the menace of land encroachment, which the Authourity is being confronted with, at the Project by the communities in the environs.
Earlier in his speech, the Project Consultant, Steve Okeleji of Aquatic Hub Afrique Network, told the gathering that about 250 tonnes of fishes will be harvested in a couple of weeks from the “26Nos.” Cages already in place at the Dam’s Reservoir.
Other developed Subsidiary facilities at the Owiwi Project include; DAHUA Paper Industry, one of the biggest in Africa, OFN Green House Farm Technology on about 22 hectares of land producing cucumber and other varieties of vegetables among many others value-chain small scale industries.
On the ORBDA Managing Director’s entourage were Executive Director (Engineering) Engr Babalola Olatunji, Ag. Executive Director (Agric Services), Femi Dokunmu, Director (Legal), Judith Agu, Ag. Deputy Director (COM) Engr Titi Adeyemo among others.