Fish Farmers Reportedly Lose N500m Investment To Flood In Ogun State (Photo)
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Fish farmers in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, have expressed regret over the loss of N500m in investments due to the flooding on July 8 that destroyed fish ponds nearby. Over 200 farmers who had ponds at Ikangba/Agoro in the Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun State reportedly cried out that the flash flood had ruined their means of subsistence and had severely damaged their investment.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Lazarus Okole, the chairman of the Ikanga Agoro Fish Farmers Association, revealed that although the farmers had previously faced minor floods, the extent of the damage sustained this year was catastrophic.
“Except for urgent succour from the Federal Government and Governor Dapo Abiodun to cushion the effects of the losses, many farmers might die from the debilitating shock of the huge losses,” Okole said.
While blaming the flood on the ongoing construction of Molipa/Imowo highway, the fish farmers saw the need to avert a re-occurrence of the tragedy, asking government to dredge the Yemule river so as to make it wide and deep enough to accommodate the volume of water channeled into it from Molipa/Imowo expressway, Ijebu-Ode.
“As things stand now, we are in pain, many of us are operating on bank loans, we decided to go into fish farming as a way of empowering ourselves. We ventured into the business of fish farming because we don’t want to be idle hands. We have been contributing our quota to the economic development of our country but all these are gone now.
“We hereby beg President Muhammadu Buhari and our dear governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun to come to our aid. This could be in the form of granting us soft loans to cushion the effect of these tragic losses so that our members can have something with which they can start all over again,” they pleaded.