Fishpond owners task FG on enabling environment to boost business, reduce unemployment

 Some fish pond owners in Ado-Odo local government area of Ogun State have appealed to the Federal Government to provide an enabling environment businesses to thrive and further reduce ’s unemployment rate.

They made the appeal while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Monday in Ota.

They listed access to loan facilities, stable power supply among some of the support that would help the operators and attract new investors into the business.

Mr Akeem Balogun, a fishpond owner of Sango- Ota area, said that was unemployed eight years before an uncle introduced fishpond business to him.

Balogun explained further that his uncle also gave him N350,000 to start the business at his father’s compound.

“I have suffered in trying to get a good job but unfortunately all proved futile.’’ said

Balogun said ‘’this is a new life because did not depend to meet his needs; I can take care of myself with the fish pond business.

called the Federal Government to provide loans aspiring fish pond operators so as to reduce unemployment rate in the country.

Also, Mrs Bunmi Fashola noted that she was a victim of unemployment many years before she was introduced into the business by a friend.

She said that, there had been a financial break through her through the fish pond business.

Fashola noted that the fishpond business had the capacity to reduce unemployment rate, adding that if the federal government could provide conducive environment, like subsiding the cost of fish food operators.

She said that fish pond business was a lucrative one but the hike in prices of fish food had been a major challenge the operators.

“The unemployed could go into the business with the federal government’s assistance through provision of loan facility to provide employment opportunities millions of teeming youths,” she said.

Fashola suggested  that government’s assistance at each stage of fish pond production include spawning ponds, Nursery ponds, Broad ponds and Storage ponds. (NAN)