Written by Austine ELEMUE

Ohaa commissions ultra-modern fish processing complex

The permanent secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration, Sir Christian Ohaa, has commissioned an ultra-modern fish processing facility donated to the FCT Administration by the Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO, at the Kado Fish market, Abuja. 

Addressing the gathering, Ohaa commended the FAO for the supportive role it has played in complimenting government’s effort in its quest to guarantee food security in the country. 

He acknowledged the various innovative research works carried out by the organization especially in the fabrication of the new fish processing technology. 

Ohaa expressed confidence that the facility which is referred to as the “Thiaroye Kiln” which has the capacity to process about 300 tons of high quality fish daily will not only help improve hygienic practices in the process of fish drying and preservation, but also enhance income generation for the fisher folks.

While admonishing the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the facility, he reiterated the commitment of the FCT Administration under the leadership of Malam Muhammad Bello and Hajiya Ramatu Tijani, to continue to implement people oriented programmes as well as open its doors to genuine investors and development partners towards improving the socio-economic livelihood of residents.

In his address at the occasion, the Country Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO, Suffyan Koroma disclosed that the Federal Capital Territory is the first in Nigeria to benefit from the FAO Thiaroye Fish Smoking Kiln technology. 

According to him, the objective of introducing the new technology which has been assessed and verified to be efficient is to enhance access of FCT populace to safe fish products as can be found in other advanced societies. 

He added that the Thiaroye technology will eliminate risks associated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons as well as exposure to heat and smoke, noting that the facility has the capacity to create over 100 jobs across the fish value chain. 

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