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  • Burial Notice for Late Prof. Ogaba Oche

Burial details for late Prof. Ogaba Oche, which Sad event took place on 8th of February 2019.

Service of songs is by 4.30pm on Wednesday 27th February 2019 RCCG, Redemption Pavilion, 295 Jide Oki Street, off Ligali Ayorinde Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Wake Keep: Friday 1st March 2019 and Final Burial Service/ Internment on Saturday 2nd March 2019 at RCCG Igwumale, Ado L.G.A. Benue State.

Dr. (Mrs.) Charity Oche.

World Fisheries day - established in 1998 is celebrated every year on November 21 throughout the world by the fisherfolk communities to draw attention to overfishing, habitat destruction and other serious threats to the sustainability of our aquatic resources. Fishing communities worldwide celebrate this day through rallies, workshops, public meetings, cultural programs, dramas, exhibition, music show, and demonstrations to highlight the importance of maintaining the world’s fisheries.

The World Fisheries Day 2018 is celebrated today the 21st of November, with the theme – “Labour rights are human rights: working together to ensure the rights of fishers and strengthening the fight against trafficking and forced labour within the fishing sector”. The global fishing industry supports the livelihoods of millions. According to the FAO, an estimated 54.8 million people are involved in the primary production of fish, 38.3 million of which are on board fishing vessels at sea. The majority of fishing vessel operators do not engage in abusive practices and treat their crews well with good living and working conditions on board. Unscrupulous vessel operators, however, use loopholes in law and weak enforcement to undercut their competitors.

Fishing makes a vital contribution to global food security and public health. However, the critical contribution from fisheries to global food security, public health and economic growth is constrained by a number of challenges, including the poor governance and fisheries management regimes, conflicts over the use of marine resources, and injustices relating to discrimination, child labour and forced labour.

The Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON), the apex professional body responsible for fisheries development in Nigeria, celebrates World Fisheries Day 2018 with the pledge to make Fisheries and Aquaculture production sustainable. We call upon the Federal Government to support the fight against trafficking and forced labour within the fishing sector by ratifying the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) “Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188)”. The Convention is meant to protect and promote decent work and living conditions on board fishing vessels, large and small, including their right to organize; their right of freedom of association; their right to freedom from forced labour and child labour; their rights against all forms of discrimination; and their rights to occupational safety, health and social security.

Adoption of this Convention will help in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal Number 8,which aims at promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all. It will also help in achieving Sustainable Development Goal Number 14:which is to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. We call on a multi-stakeholder approach where ministries responsible for labour, fisheries, maritime safety and other issues in Nigeria, to work together with representatives of both fishing vessel owners and fishers, as this would stimulate innovative thinking, and build links between SDG 14, SDG 8 and other SDGs, and thus truly leading to sustainable fisheries.

Furthermore, FISON hereby calls upon the authority of the National assembly to expedite action in presenting the much-awaited Fisheries Institute of Nigeria Bill 2018 before the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, to sign into law. The law will ensure professionalism and adequate governance in the fisheries industry.

We employ every fish lover to join in this celebration as we move towards a sustainable global fishery.

Agbabiaka, L.A., Ph.D, FFS
National President

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