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I Lost N5m Bank Loan to Ilorin Rainstorm, Says Fish Farmer

Victims of the recent rainstorm which occurred in Ilorin and some other parts of the state have continued to count their losses.

The rainstorm, which occurred on Saturday, September 19th, 2020, destroyed properties worth millions of naira.

Many of the affected victims were rendered homeless, while others lost their means of livelihood to the incident.

One of the victims, who is an Ilorin based fish farmer, Oyeleke Oyejide Abdulazeez, who recounted his ugly experience, lamented that his fish farm worth more than N8 million was flushed away by the incident.

He noted with regret that the rainstorm washed away all his investment, including his expansion project embarked upon with the N5 million bank loan he secured few months back.

Oyeleke said that “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 N5m from Apeks Microfinance bank, Ilorin to expand my business.

“Sequel to the rainfall 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.

Oyeleke appealed to the government, philanthropists and public spirited individuals to come to his aid so he can get back on his feet again.

The Offa born fish farmer, who is a graduate of Geology from Al-Hikmah University Ilorin, also holds a masters degree from the University of Hertfordshire.

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