Despite cries by some fish marketers and stakeholders for government to remove ban on its importation to make fish more available for the common man, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has insisted that government will not be deterred from the prohibition.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja, the minister pointed out that if there is anything the country has in abundance, it is water.
“We have rivers, sea, lakes, among others, so Nigeria should not be importing fish; rather it should be self-sufficient in fish production.
“We are not going to celebrate bad things. We have all the resources in abundance; we will not allow this nation to be dumping ground for fishes produced by farmers from other countries. My job is to create wealth for Nigerian farmers and not the other way round. We have all that it takes to be self-sufficient in fish production and even export to other countries,” Adesina noted.