13 February 2013

Nigeria: 'I've Been Fishing With Passion for 30 Years'

An old fisherman of about 60-year-old based in Jeida village, in Kuje Area Council, Garba Musa, last Thursday said that he has been passionately involved in fishing profession for the past 30 years.

Musa, who hails from Wudil Local Government of Kano State, said that he has recorded tremendous success through fishing as his children go to school all courtesy of fishing business.

"I have spent 30 years in this business. I have a wife and four children, and they're all in school. I sponsor them using the money I realize from the business," he stated.

Musa, whose family is based in Kano, said he usually leaves his family for four to five months, spending the whole dry season fishing at Jeida village.

He added that he uses hooks without bait and fishing net to catch fish, adding that he catches between four and five fish of average size daily.

He said an average fish goes for between N400 and N500, saying the people of the area have been very helpful to him as they patronize and accommodate him like their own brother.

On how he knew Jeida village, Musa said, "I had a master who knew this place; he's now late. He was also from Kano; he was the one who first brought me here more than 10 years ago."

According to him, fishing requires a lot of patience as it is a dry season business.

He said his major challenge has been in the area of buying the tools for fishing whose prices have been on the increase.

"I used to buy the net and the hooks at N1,000, but I now buy them at N1,400 or more. That has really been a challenge to me," he stated.

He advised the youth to be hard-working and determined, saying they must restrain themselves from the social vices of the world.

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