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WAPA trains 150 women on catfish production in Lagos

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The Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), in conjunction with GIZ-Skills Development for Youth Empowerment (SKYE) Programme and the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR), has commenced a 10-day Catfish production training programme for 150 women across Lagos.

This is part of efforts of the State Government’s commitment to alleviating the plights of vulnerable women and youths.

The training, which runs simultaneously in three Communities of Epe, Ikorodu and Badagry Local Governments, is the second phase of the programme targeted at a poverty reduction strategy to give vulnerable women in the State vocations that will enhance their financial capabilities.

While speaking at the opening ceremony of the training, held at the Skills Acquisition Centre, Borokini Street, Ikorodu, the Permanent Secretary of WAPA, Mrs. Oluyemi Kalesanwo, stated that aquaculture plays a vital role in building the economy and catfish farming is one of the lucrative sectors in the industry, aimed at curbing unemployment and empowering residents towards self-reliance.

She said, “The programme aims to enhance the productivity and profitability of catfish farming, with a focus on empowering women and drastically reducing poverty”.

Kalesanwo, who was represented by Mrs. Yetunde Adeniji, averred that the 10-day programme is expected to equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge, by providing access to training, information and resources, in order to increase productivity and financial capabilities, while transforming beneficiaries into financial contributors towards economic growth.

“Recall that the first phase of this training programme was a huge success, where women, men and youths in Agege, Mushin and Lagos Island Local Governments benefited from the programme, some of whom now contribute to the welfare of their families”, the Permanent Secretary stated.

Kalesanwo, therefore, urged the beneficiaries to never stop learning, saying “Do not think that your training ends here. You should continue to sharpen your skills so that you become masters in the Aquaculture Industry”.

While charging participants on the need for trade proficiency, she called for the adoption of the entrepreneurial skills which will be taught during the training and enhanced bookkeeping practice to access loans through the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF).

A facilitator from the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR), Mrs. Abiodun Sule commended the Lagos State Government for its constant collaborative efforts geared at improving the lives of its residents for socio-economic development.

Upon completion of the 10-day programme, the beneficiaries will be equipped with Certificates of Completion and Start-up Packs such as two packs of 500-litre Containers, Plastic Fish Tanks, Seven Bags of 15kg Fish Feeds, a 20kg Weighing Scale, a Scoop Net, One Plastic Basket, One Plastic Basin, One Table Salt (1kg), One Logbook, 200 Pieces of Juvenile Catfish, 20-Litre Jerry Can and PH Test Kit.

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