The House of Representatives has passed a bill seeking to establish the Fishery Institute of Nigeria, NGO for fisheries research, education and cooperative training in Nigeria to enhance the agricultural sector.
The institute will be responsible for the broad functions of research experimentation, sample application and patenting, education and training, among others.
Rep. Abiante Awaji-Inombek (Rivers-PDP), who disclosed this in Abuja, said that the bill was passed on Thursday.
Awaji-Inombek emphasised that the bill having been thoroughly looked into by the House Committee on Agricultural Colleges and Institutions as well as the House Committee of the Whole before being passed, would address challenges faced in the fisheries sub-sector.
He said that the institute would be responsible for the conduct of basic and applied research of national and strategic importance for sustenance of brackish water culture system.
He also said that the institute would act as a repository of information on brackish water fishery resources with a systematic database.
The institute, the lawmaker said, would also direct the process of species and system expansion in Nigeria brackish water aquaculture.
RHe further stated that the institute would provide for human resource development, capacity building and skill development through training, education and extension.
Awaji-Inombek also said that the institute would conduct research into brackish water quality management, pollution control and fisheries resources economy and marketing.
The bill scaled through third reading in the House of Representatives and had been sent to the Senate for concurrence before transmission to the President for assent.