French Ambassador Inaugurates Oluponna Centre...

On October 3, 2007, HE Mr Gaudeul officially dedicated the centre, and participated to the graduation ceremony of the first promotion of students, in the presence of Chief Richard Akinjide (SAN), HRM Oba E. O. Oyebamiji Fadare II, the Olupo OF OLUPONNA, Most Reverend Dr Felix Alaba Job, Archbishop of Ibadan, and Father Macarius Olatunji, Director of the centre.

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Nigeria enjoys a great potential in terms of fish farming, which has not been fully developed yet. One of the reasons is the lack of proper training, especially for low educated people.

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The Oluponna Fish Farming Educational Resource (OFFER)Centre is dedicated both to already active fish farmers willing to improve their knowledge, and share their experiences, as well as to young people willing to start in this activity, which offers good economic opportunities.

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The fish farming school is managed by the Diocese of Ibadan and is located in Olupona, near Iwo in Osun State.
Since August 2006, OFFER centre has been training a first bunch of students, with the help of a French volunteer from the "Délégation Catholique à la Cooperation" (Catholic Cooperation delegation), knowledgeable in fish farming.

Thanks to the Social Development Fund (FSD) managed by the Embassy of France in Abuja, an agreement was signed in 2005 to build the premises, equip them and provide the school with a guarantee fund to help trainees to settle down.

For more information on the Social Development Fund (FSD) and the projects financed by the French Embassy, please, contact Sophie DEMAY (sophie.demay@diplomatie.gouv.fr)

Dernière modification : 08/10/2007

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