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Published On: Thu, Aug 29th, 2019

Ohaa commissions fish processing facility in Kado

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By Stanley Onyekwere

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Sir Christian Chinyeaka Ohaa has commissioned an ultra-modern Fish processing facility, to enhance income generation for the fisher folks, at the Kado Fish market, Abuja.
It was gathered that the facility was donated to the FCT Administration by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
Speaking during the occasion, the Permanent Secretary commended the FAO for the supportive role it has been playing in complimenting governments effort in its quest to guarantee food security in the country.
He noted the various innovative research works carried out by the organization especially in the fabrication of the new fish processing technology.
He expressed confidence that the facility which is referred to as the “Thiaroye Kiln” which has the capacity to process about 300 tons of high quality fish daily will not only help improve hygienic practices in the process of fish drying, and preservation.
The Permanent Secretary reiterated the commitment of the FCT Administration under the leadership of Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello and Hajiya Ramatu Tijani Aliyu to continue to implement people oriented programmes.
He added that FCTA opens its doors to genuine investors and development partners towards the improving the socio-economic livelihood of residents.
While admonishing the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the facility, he assured the FAO that the FCT Administration will ensure that the relevant agencies involved such as the FCT Agric Secretariat and Abuja markets Management Ltd (AMML) will be closely monitored to ensure the effective maintenance and utilization of the facility.
In his remarks, the Country Representative FAO, Suffyan Koroma disclosed that the FCT is the first in Nigeria to benefit from the FAO Thiaroye Fish Smoking Kiln technology.
He said the objective of introducing the new technology which according to him has been assessed and verified to be efficient is to enhance access of FCT populace to safe fish products as can be found in other advanced societies.
He added that the Thiaroye technology will eliminate risks associated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons as well as exposure to heat and smoke.
According to him, the facility he noted also has the capacity to create over 100 jobs across the fish value chain.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the new Director, Administration and Finance of the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS), Mr. Ibe Prospect thanked the FAO for its gesture, and assured that the Secretariat will ensure that the objective of establishing the facility will be realized.
Highpoint of the occasion was the signing of the handing over certificate by the FCT Permanent Secretary of the FCTA.

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