YAGEP beneficiaries engaged in Fish Production at Ugbokodo in Okpe Local Government Area have commended the Delta State Government for the on-going renovation of their fish ponds.
The YAGEPreneurs made the commendation in a message delivered through the Chief Job and Wealth Creation, Prof Eric Eboh to the Governor.
The message read, “On behalf of the all the YAGEPreneurs in Fish Production located in YAGEP Fish Farm Cluster at Ugbokodo in Okpe Local Government Area, we wish to thank the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, for the great job he is doing for us. We are forever grateful to him for the on-going dyke maintenance in our cluster. May God richly bless him.”
The President of the Ugbokodo-Okpe YAGEP Fish Farm Cooperative Association, Mr Eseoghene Ashedagho, who spoke to our reporter through a telephone interview, recalled that the cluster had the challenge of high tide as a result of heavy rainfall last year with the negative outcome of massive fish loss by the YAGEPreneurs.
He said this adversely affected their fish businesses as so many of them were almost out of business, adding that they appealed to the Chief Job Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, for assistance who promised to relay the message to the Governor.
“Work is on-going now. Raising of the dyke and walkways of the fish ponds with extra two or three layers depending on the level is very timely especially now that the rains are becoming heavy. We only made our appeal in September last year. The state government acted promptly. The maintenance would have been too expensive for us to handle unaided,” he remarked.
We remain ever grateful to our Governor and the Chief Job and Wealth Creation Office as we look forward to more assistance to help us sustain our businesses.
It could be recalled that the state government through the Office of the Chief Job Creation Officer established 244 fish ponds in Ugbokodo in Okpe Local Government Area in two previous cycles to enable the YAGEPreneurs to begin their enterprises in Fish Production.