Skill acquisition:Ossai empowers constituents on aquaculture

Skill acquisition:Ossai empowers constituents on aquaculture
Skill acquisition:Ossai empowers constituents on aquaculture

Skill acquisition:Ossai empowers constituents on aquaculture

From JONATHAN AWANYAI, Asaba

Member of the Federal House of Representatives, representing Ndokwa/Ukwuani Federal Constituency of Delta State, Ossai Nicholas Ossai is poised to empower members of his constituents with entrepreneurial skills.

In continuation of his empowerment programme, Rt. Hon. Ossai N. Ossai, during the week, empowered constituents on aquaculture value chain.

Declaring the one-week training and empowerment of youths and women on Aquaculture value Chain open at Hotel De La Nice in Kwale, Ndokwa West Local Government of the State, Rt. Hon. Ossai said it was to enhance the economic status of his constituents and grow the local economy.

The training programme which was sponsored by the federal Lawmaker, was organized by Temadat Integrated Services Limited in collaboration with the Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology, Lagos State.

Represented by his Special Assistant, Ambassador Chibuzor Okereke, Ossai said that he was committed to adding values to the lives of his constituents by teaching them how to fish rather than giving them fish.

“As an empowerment Pathfinder, I must bring empowerment to my people to uplift their living standards particularly at a time when there is a need to gear towards achieving self-sufficiency in food production.

“I believe in human capital development as well as direct empowerment of my people”, he said.

While saying that he would continue to offer quality and purposeful representation to his people, he urged the beneficiaries to take the training programme seriously and put the knowledge acquired at the end of the training to good use for a better tomorrow.

He appealed to those who were yet to benefit to be patient, saying that they would be accommodated in subsequent empowerment programmes.


In his remarks, Engr Adebanjo Tolulope Folahan, Director Procurement of The Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology, Victoria Island, Lagos, equally enjoined the participants not to toy with the training programme as it was meant to change their narratives for the better at the end of the day.

Folahan listed the value chain of Aquaculture to include fish finger lings, maturity, harvesting and marketing.

He congratulated the beneficiaries for being part of the training programme, saying that at the end of the training when they apply the knowledge acquired they will not only become self reliant, but also employers of labour.

In an interview, some of the beneficiaries, who could not hide their joy, appreciated Rt. Hon. Ossai for his kind gesture, promising to put the knowledge gained into practice.

Deacon Osemeke Moses stated that empowerment training was to help youths and women in the area to be self-employed as well as increase their sources of income.

“I commend Rt Hon Ossai who has been empowering people from his constituency regularly.

“To me, this is what is called effective representation and having the interest of his people at heart,” he said.

Other participants speaking with National Trust ,Pastor (Mrs) Confidence Osakwe and Rev  Dr (Mrs)  Felicia Oyemike JP expressed their appreciation for Hon. Ossai's initiatives aimed at promoting self-reliance promising to put to good use their newly acquired knowledge and skills.