By: Our Reporter, Maiduguri
Former governor and current Senator representing Borno Central at the red chambers in Nigeria’s National Assembly, Kashim Shettima has flagged off a Capacity Building and Empowerment Programme (CABEP) where about 1,800 women and youths answered the call most of them internally displaced and vulnerable groups in the society.
The training and empowerment scheme which would be in batches started with a 2-Day workshop for 300 beneficiaries targeting Fish Production and Processing at Forshams Social Centre in Maiduguri.
In his opening remarks, Senator Kashim Shettima who is the sponsor of the programme said, Borno is one of the leading states in Fish production and processing, but due to the activities of Boko Haram, a lot of fish farmers were forcefully pushed out of the business.
He noted that apart from income to be generated in fish production, processing also generates a huge amount of raw materials as waste (45%-55%), such as the skin, scalp, visceral mass, head, fins and its filleting frame.
The Senator who was represented by the Executive Chairman of Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, MMC, Hon Ali Bolori informed the gathering that, “the beneficiaries were drawn from the eight (8) local government areas of the senatorial district. Presently, 300 persons, mostly women and youths.