By Sunny A Ijomah
The Governing Council, Anambra State Fishery and Aquaculture Business Development Agency, FABDA, has inspected the ongoing Fish villages being established by the Obiano-led Administration.
The fish village project, which is three in Anambra State, with one in each Senatorial District, will, on completion, have a well-equipped farm house, hostel and three hundred fish ponds, which is expected to be producing seventy-five thousand kilograms of fish on monthly basis per each fish village.
Our correspondent reports that Anambra North Fish Village is sited at Aguleri, Anambra East Council Area, Anambra Central has its fish village at Adazi Nnukwu, Anaocha Council Area while that of Anambra South is located at Okija, Ihiala Council Area.
Speaking shortly after the inspection, the Chairman of FABDA Governing Council, Ogbuefi Ike Chioba explained that the purpose of the inspection visit was to ensure that the project is going on in accordance with specifications, and expressed delight with the level of progress made so far.
On his part, the Anambra State Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Afam Mbabefo, who is also a member of Governing Council of FABDA, noted that the fish village is one of Governor Obiano’s legacy projects, adding that their duty is to make sure that the project is delivered in a record time, and meets the expectations of the State Government.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of FABDA, Mr. Emeka Iloghalu, during the inspection tour, explained that the three fish villages will not only contribute to food security and economic growth of the State, but will also create job opportunities and empower youths and women through training in fishery and aquaculture.
He noted that the tour will help them avoid errors capable of delaying the project, and assured that their observations will be further discussed with the Contractors for effective implementation.
The Contractor in charge of Anambra Central Fish Village located at Adazi Nnukwu, Engineer Edmond Chukwuemeka, of the Editrust International Limited, while taking the team around, promised to deliver the project according to specifications, having noted the areas that need adjustments.
The Council only inspected the ongoing Anambra North and Anambra Central Fish Villages, and will carry out similar exercise in Okija on a later date, where the Anambra South fish Village is being built.