The Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Ikanade Agba has commended the Concept Amadeus/Greek Technical Partners for establishing Industrial Fishing Projects in the Niger Delta, as a way of contributing to the growth and diversification of the Nigerian Economy as achieving self-sufficiency in fish production.
According to PRNigeria, Prince Agba made the commendation when representatives of the Concept Amadeus / Greek Technical Partners led by the Group Chairman, Prince Alabo Wokoma, visited him in Abuja recently.
He said government is pleased with the development and will give its support to such a laudable project which would help to douse youth restiveness by creating jobs and foster economic growth in the Niger Delta.
“I am particularly impressed by this initiative which shows that a lot can happen when there is partnership between the Government and the Private Sector. The Concept Amadeus/ Greek Partnership was one of the good things that came out of the EGRP Focus Labs which was organized by the Federal Government between March and May 2018” the Minister explained..
The ERGP focus labs was one of those targeted initiatives of the Muhammadu Buhari Administration, to drive the three pillars of its medium-term plan, restoring growth, building a globally competitive economy and investing in our people. It was also aimed at driving new investments that will create jobs for the people across the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT.
The Minister further expressed confidence in the ability of the project ,when it is fully operational to improve the nation’s self-sufficiency in Food and Fish production as well as contribute in delivering on President Buhari’s promise of lifting 100 million people out of poverty in ten years, through its job creation along the value chain.
Earlier, the leader of the team, Prince Alabo Wokoma informed the Minister that it was contributions from the ERGP’s team that enabled them to remodel the business to now make it a fully Nigerian affair..
According to him, this arrangement will ensure that the state of the art fishing trawlers/vessels will be built in Nigeria and the fish processing plants which will process and package the fish in line with EU standards will be constructed along the coastal communities.
Prince Wokoma also said that each of fishing plants is expected to service over 110 fishermen and provide jobs to over 3500 people.
He further informed the Minister that the project apart from involving the building of the fishing trawlers in Nigeria will also include training of young Nigerians in the art of professional fishing. The training, he said will be organized by the University of Patras in Greece, which at the end, participants will qualify as EU certified fisherman and this will enable them to be employed in any part of the World.