By Remi Johnson
The Mandate Secretary of the FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS), Mallam Abubakar Ibrahim says priority would be given to the completion of various moribund Agricultural projects in the FCT.
The Secretary gave this assurance during a visit to Bwari Area Council to assess the performance level of some Agricultural facilities in the Area Council.
At the FCT Fish Farm Estate, which is ongoing, Malam Abubakar assured that efforts would be made to put infrastructural facilities that are required to facilitate full scale take-off of fish production and processing activities at the centre.
In his words ” This is one of the projects that the Administration will be focusing on particularly because of the potentials it has, not just in terms of job and wealth creation for thousands of residents, but also generating revenue for government and enhancing food security”
He therefore directed officials of the Department of Fisheries to convene a meeting with contractors that are handling the Agro projects in the Estate, with a view to addressing their challenges and getting them back to work with immediate effect.
The Secretary, who used the opportunity to inspect some of the hatcheries and ponds that were in operation at the Estate, commended the farmers that had commenced production .
” I must really commend you for the work you are doing in helping to bridge the gap of the huge demand for fish in the FCT. What i can assure you is that we will try on our part to expedite actions towards supporting your activities here” He said
According to him, Honourable Minister of State, FCT Dr. Ramatu Tijani Aliyu had already given him the matching orders to take measures to ensure all the moribund Agricultural projects in the FCT are revived and repositioned towards meeting the yearnings of the FCT populace.
The Secretary was also at the FCT plant nursery in Bwari, where he commended the Forestry Department for doing a good job in the production of various assorted tree seedlings urging them to step up their grassroot tree planting campaign to mitigate the effect of change.