The House of Representatives has mandated its Committees on Agricultural Production and Services, and Water Resources to ensure that Nigeria became self-sufficient in fish production in the next two years.
The committees were directed to collaborate with relevant agencies and other stakeholders to drive the mandate. This was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion by Olawale Raji at plenary.
The House tasked the committees to ensure that enabling environment existed for increased private sector investments and development of a policy framework for implementation of a phased ban on importation of fish and fish products.
The green chamber also mandated its Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration, and the Committee on Navy to ensure effective monitoring and protection of Nigeria’s fishing waters from non-indigenous ship operators.
Moving the motion, Raji said diversification of the economy from crude oil to other key sectors like agriculture remained pivotal to the realisation of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan of the present administration.