By Abdulrasheed Akogun
An ilorin based fish farmer Oyeleke Oyejide Abdulazeez has lamented how Ilorin rainstorm of Saturday, September 19th, 2020 destroyed his farm worth more than #8m naira, sweeping away fishes running into millions of naira.
The Offa born fish farmer who is a graduate of Geology from Alhikma University Ilorin, who also holds a masters degree from the University of Hertfordshire, lamented how the rainstorm wiped away all his investment, including his expansion project embarked upon with the #5m bank loan he secured few months back.
Oyeleke while speaking with Fresh Insight said “I am specialised in growing fishes from hatching eggs into fingerlings and subsequently to juvenile, before distributing to other fish farmers in Kwara State and beyond.
“I had the capacity to produce about 1.2 fingerlings in two months. I took a loan of #5m from Apeks Microfinance bank, ilorin to expand my business.
“Sequel to the rain fall on the 19th September 2020, it caused severe damage to my farm, as the hatching building collapsed together with the nursery tanks of about 2,200,000 freshly hatched fishes. Also destroyed are my broodstock earthen pond that was submerged with the flood and swept all the fishes away” he lamented.
He however enjoined the government, philanthropist and public spirited individuals to come to his aid so he can get on his feet again.