The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) plans to construct fish ponds and other skills acquisition projects in at least one secondary school in each of the six area councils, within the next one year.
Making this disclosure, the Secretary, Agricultural and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS), Stanley Ifeanyichukwu Nzekwe, said the is in line with the present administration’s policy to encourage agricultural activities in schools.
He spoke yesterday when he commissioned a fish pond located in Junior Secondary School, in Area II, Garki-Abuja.
The ARDS boss, explained that the main objective of the fish pond was to catch them young, by training and teaching the right skills to young school children, so that they grow up to love agriculture.
He noted that the young ones must be taught to understand that through agriculture, one can own a car and good houses.
He added that modern fish farming business has gone nuclear that improved fingerlings which mature early can turn into millions of fishes for consumption.
According to him, fisheries subsector has proved to be a high employer of labour, while processed fish today, is of high demand.
He noted that with the facility, students will be exposed to the technicalities in fish farming, which will ultimately help in their future endeavour.
“Since the objective of this project is to catch them young, it cannot end with this school in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
“Before this time next year, we would have succeeded in having this project in at least in one school in each of the remaining five area councils. But it will not be only fishing.
“We are going to diversify, depending on the comparative advantage of the areas,” he stressed.
Earlier in her welcome address, the principal of the school, Jimoh Hadiqat Iyabo, had opined that the fish pond project of the school is a ‘Catch Them Young’ strategy to diversify and occupy the minds of our young generation to establish the interest by indulging in positive activities.
Iyabo expressed that the project will go a long way to giving the students and the immediate community a new phase of life for a better tomorrow.