By Abdulqadir Abdulganiyu
As part of its capacity building and empowerment programmes for the youth, the Abubakar Bukola Saraki Foundation, in commemoration of this year’s International Youth Day, has provided financial support to Mr. Muhammad Lawal Bello, a graduate of Geology whose fish farm was washed away by flood in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
The Director, Community Impact of ABS Foundation, Olayinka Ibrahim Otukoko, presented the cash donation to the beneficiary at his fish farm and urged him to ensure judicious use of the money.
Otukoko explained that the young fish farmer had via Twitter sought the financial assistance of Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki and upon investigation of his claims that his fish farm was affected by flooding in June, 2020, the Foundation decided to assist and encourage him.
He added that the Foundation also consulted an experienced livestock farmer, Mr Olawale Saka to provide mentorship to Bello, as part of efforts to ensure the sustainability of his fish farming business.
The Director of Community Impact of the ABS Foundation assured that the Foundation will continue to support and empower young people to realise their dreams.
Bello who was overwhelmed with joy, appreciated Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki and his Foundation for coming to his aid. He narrated that he started the fish farming after the completion of his National Youth Service and that the business was doing fine until a heavy downpour in June, washed away his fish farm, which led to the collapse of his source of livelihood.
He, however, said that with the support provided to him by the ABS Foundation, he has returned to farm.
*Abdulganiyu is the Press Officer On Local Matters to former senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.