By Gboyega Oni
Fishing tools may soon come the way of women who are into fishing business in the rural areas in the country as a non-governmental organisation, Women in Maritime in Nigeria has canvased support for them from the Nigerian Ports Authority.
According to a release made available to PortNewsNigeria, an online edition of PortNews newspaper, President of the NGO, Mrs. Jean Chiazor Anishere canvassed for the support during a visit of the group to the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman at NPA head office at Marina, Lagos, Nigeria.
Anishere stated that co-operation from NPA would be especially for their project in the rural areas aimed at encouraging women in these vital areas who are into fishing. According to her, they require driers, freezers amongst others.
The African Union, she enthused, has a policy tagged ‘’Blue Economy’’ which recognizes the role of the ‘’Aqua Culture” through which women would be empowered for greater self-sustenance and relief to the economy.
This, she said, is an encouragement for them to achieve in their set target – women empowerment.
Responding while receiving the visitors, NPA MD Hadiza Bala Usman reiterated her administration position concerning developmental programmes and goals initiated by credible women organizations across all spheres of national endeavour especially in the area of manpower development.
She said that the present management of NPA has over time collaborated with groups and captains of industries meaningfully on developmental programmes to better the economy as NPA is willing to further sustain these in other to ensure the progress of the nation.
In a related development, Hadiza Bala Usman charged women who are gain fully employed to imbibe the culture of commitment, dedication and most importantly be focused so as to be effective on their agenda particularly in a male dominated environment.
She stated this when the Women in Journalism led by its President Ifeyinwa Omowale who paid courtesy visit to her.
The group eulogized the management of the NPA stressing that their contribution to the sector is most appreciated by the Stakeholders.