Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has threatened to revoke allocations in the Bwari Fish Farm Estate, if allottees do not develop their ponds and commence farming in two months.
The Minister who was visibly angry made his threat when he paid an unscheduled visit to the Bwari Fish Farm Estate last week Friday.
The AUTHORITY observed that allottees have started building luxury homes without developing fish farms and ponds to meet the needs of the people as conceived by the last administration.
Out of 100 allotments, only four have started doing something while only one Oguche Aje Vincent is fully resident with operational ponds.
Malam Bello charged the Manager of the farm, Mrs. Chinwendu Ogbonnaya to furnish him with details of the allotees with either photocopies of their National IDs or International Passports as soon as possible.
“I am bitter about the situation of this place, are you waiting for President Buhari to come and do it for you?
“I am really not happy at all, I must say so, honestly, and I am very disappointed. All of you sit down and want government to come and do everything, the best government can do is what it is doing, we have given people big plots, and nobody is developing that place. Out of 100, only four farmers are operational!” the Minister wandered.
He said the fish farm estate, is a government intervention initiative that commenced in 2012 to encourage families to go into fish farming, leveraging on the water resources available in the FCT as well as the enormous market and also based on the realization that there is a huge gap between the demand for fish and the supply.
Malam Bello said the project which has an estimated capacity of 500 metric tons of fish per annum is expected to create employment opportunities for residents of the FCT as well as contribute to national fish production, stressing that the project is in line with the general policy of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s job creation and economic empowerment for the populace and should, therefore, not be abandoned by the beneficiaries.