Oluponna Fish Farming Education and Resource Centre is
a non-governmental organisation owned by the Catholic Church. It
started with a farm bought in 1984 by the Archbishop of Ibadan, Most
Rev. Dr. Felix Adeosin Alaba Job. In 2006,
under the direction of Rev. Fr. Macarius Olatunji, the current
director of the Centre, it became an agric
training centre for
the indigent youths of Nigeria.
Our dream is of a polity where the youths are empowered to be
self-reliant. The importance of this project towards humanity is
recognised and thus supported by various corporate bodies and
individuals. Thanks to this support, we already trained more than
100 youths in the art and act of fish
farming, integrated farming, computer skills and wholistic personal
OFFERCentre, as we are fondly called, is an unfolding dream as we
strive to make a difference in our community. We invite you to be
part of our dream and share in its actualisation.
OFFERCentre has forayed into various aspects of Agriculture to
promote a positive attitude towards agricultural practices in
general in the training of the budding fish farmer. Our students are
exposed to and trained in the care of Sheep and Goats, Quails,
Layers, Rabbits, Broilers, Bees, etc.
The Centre has a crop department with a palm plantation,
vegetable garden and an orchard with varieties of fruits (pineapple,
At OFFERCentre, we still have aesthetics at heart. We carry out our
activities bearing the important place of neatness, finesse and
aethetics in mind.
"OFFERCentre is a beauty to behold!"
We have heard this from visitors a number of times and we work hard
to keep it that way and even build on it. We sincerely invite you to
come, pay visits to us and if possible offer us tips on how to make
OFFERCentre better. We expect you!
ONE YEAR FISH FARMING TRAINING PROGRAMME
There is a formal training programme set within one year. From
September to August, an aspiring fish farmer is shaped. The session
is filled with theoretical classwork and practical field work. We
intend optimum growth and equal opportunities for all and so the
selection of students cuts across creed, race, tribe or colour. As
witness of our success already six (6) sets of students have been
6th set of students, year 2012-2013
SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS
We intend to empower farmers and increase their yield. Many want to
go into fish farming but know not how to. OFFERCentre has planned
seminars and workshops which come up periodically. This site is a
veritable source of knowing when such takes place. The Catholic
Weekly Independent Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Ibadan
is also a good place to have this information.
Please note however, that our seminars and workshops range from
week-end courses for a month specially programmed for Corpers, 2
weeks, 3 months and 4 months courses.
This programme is a new initiative by the Centre to bridge the gap
between the completion of secondary education and awaiting admission
into Tertiary Institutions by young girls and boys. This branch was
introduced in June 2011.
Successful Candidates will be given training in Hospitality
Management, Catering, Computer Literacy, Videography and
Photography, Adire making, Beed making and wireworks. Thus equipped
they could become self employed or self reliant.
To improve the standard of
living of the people in rural communities and ultimately improve the
protein consumption of the nation.
To train and empower
people, particularly the youths, through the acquisition of skills
in fish production and management, integrated farming, computer
literacy and entrepreneuship irrespective of race, colour or tribe.
To use the Centre to draw
the Youths from the precipice of the Culture of Death and empower
them so as to live meaningful lives. As the saying goes “If you
teach a man to breed fish, you feed him and help him feed his
community for a lifetime”. It is not only cost-effective but
promotes Human Development.
The training of indigent
youths in fish production and management, with special reference to
Catfish and Tilapia.
1. The creation of employment opportunities for the beneficiaries
through provision of a revolving loan in material terms to establish
their own farm.
2. To assist the local fish farmers to upgrade their level of
production and invariably their standard of living through seminars
3. The establishment of small scale fish farms and formation of fish
farmer’s cooperative group that will be of great benefit to the
people and to the country at large.
4. The establishment of an e-library with relevant books and
materials to provide information for the people especially farmers.
5. To provide consultancy services to assist intending and
established farmers in fish production through technical assistance.
6. Development of integrated farming in areas of horticulture and
7. Production of quality fingerlings, juveniles, brood stock, and
table size fishes, seedling and seeds, eggs to improve the protein
consumption of our people.
8. Provision of a serene natural environment for retreats,
relaxation and conferences.