The Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir el Rufai, has lauded the management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for initiating a corporate social responsibility project targeted at empowering internally displaced persons in the society.
He gave the commendation in Kaduna when he received the agency’s management team led by the director-general, Dr Bashir Jamoh, who was in the state to present some relief and empowerment materials.
NIMASA has considered an investment in the future of Kaduna State in the educational sector through its CSR initiative.
“We in Kaduna State are very glad for this intervention by NIMASA and your continuous effort to support us particularly in the educational sector. We recognize your role in assisting our administration to deliver quality governance to Kaduna State.
“We in Kaduna have a worthy ambassador. Dr Jamoh have shown real commitment to the growth of Kaduna State and Nigeria at large. He is an asset to the Nigerian nation,” the governor said.
The empowerment materials donated by NIMASA included tri-cycles, sewing machines, grinding machines, sugar cane extractors, vulcanizing and welding machines amongst others. Household and food items were also included in the CSR intervention by NIMASA.
Earlier, Jamoh in his speech noted that the quest to support the efforts of the government in reintegrating internally displaced persons into the society was the driving force behind the agency’s intervention.
“As a responsible agency of government, we decided to heed the call for support to state governments to reintegrate internally displaced persons into the society. So far, 26 states have benefitted from the scheme and Kaduna is the 27th. Our aim is to ensure that displaced persons in various states in Nigeria are assisted to regain normal life and attain self-reliance without being a burden on the government.
“Our interventions are in 3 categories, income generating palliatives to facilitate means of livelihood via self-employment for direct and indirect employment, food items and educational materials. We acknowledge the fact that education is key to capacity development and nation building,” Jamoh added.
In a related development, NIMASA also donated relief and empowerment materials to displaced persons in Gombe State. The chairman, senate committee on marine transport, Senator Danjuma Goje commended NIMASA management while acknowledging the timeliness of the intervention.