NPA Empowers Over 200 People At Inyisi Ikeduru, Imo State

NPA MD, Ms Hadiza Usman

By Maritime Security News

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibity Initiative, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA ) has donated materials to over 200 people at Umuoziri Inyisi, Ikeduru, Local Government Area (LGA) of Imo State, geared towards equipping Nigerian youths in the communities, with vocational and life skills that create wealth and support livelihood.

Speaking during presentation of items to the people of Umuoziri Inyisi, Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman who was represented by  a Principal Manager, Corporate/Strategic Communication in the Organisation, Mr. Ikechukwu Onyemekara  expressed the institution’s unwavering commitment to positively impact lives and give back to society.

According to Usman, ‘’The Nigerian Ports Authority is the regulatory body for all the ports in Nigeria and as a federal government agency, the Authority is deliberate about contributing to efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to drastically reduce the number of people who live in abject poverty in our country”.

‘’ I am hopeful that these items, which include electrical grinding machines, sewing machines, and hand grinding machines will go a long way in putting food on the table for people in the community. We also hope that once beneficiaries get to work with these items, they would be able to take care of the basic needs of life that were hitherto problematic.’’ She stated

Usman noted that  the Authority is particularly interested in the empowerment of women and the youths giving the importance of the assistance that they can give to our fathers in the upbringing of children and the maintenance of our families adding that in case of the youths, it is important that they  have some work at hand at every material time so that they will not be tempted to engage in anti-social activities.

Concerning the items presented; she said ‘’the Authority had taken particular note of people with skills and those without skills. This is why we have Sewing machines, which will be distributed to people who have learned the trade. The grinding machines are meant for women and youths who have not acquired these skills.’’

She enjoined beneficiaries, to make judicious use of items donated saying,   ‘’We have had instances of people who sell the items given to them immediately after handover. I want to appeal that you do not do this. On the contrary, please hold on to your items and make the best use of them to assist in keeping your families and community together.

The traditional ruler of Inyisi Autonomous Community Eze Andrew Osuji applauded NPA for initiating such a laudable programme to benefit the youths of the communities.

Earlier his welcome address, the president-general of the community, Ass. Prof. Richard C. Ihejirika thanked the Managing Director of the NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, for this wonderful gesture to the people of his community.

According to him “from all indications, it is like God visited the community in the likeness of men to liberate the people of community from poverty and destitution”

He said, “the men that epitomize God in this context are no other persons than the managing director of the NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman and her team”.

According to him, it is obvious that Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman may have heard of Umuoziri community as to know the social and economic status of the community.

The president-general further said that the community leadership had never known Hadiza Bala Usman before now and there is no way the community would have dreamt of what she can do especially with regards to empowering the youths and the less privileged persons in the community.

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