The management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA have been commended for initiating a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative mainly targeted at empowering internally displaced persons across the country.
Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir el- Rufai gave the commendation
while receiving the agency’s management team led by the Director General, Dr Bashir Jamoh who were in the state to present relief and empowerment materials to assist internally displaced persons to enhance their resettlement process into the society.
The governor maintained that the investment by NIMASA in the educational sector through its CSR initiative is considered an investment in the future of Kaduna State.
“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 recognise your role in assisting our administration to deliver quality governance to Kaduna State. We in Kaduna have a worthy ambassador. Dr jamoh has shown real commitment to the growth of Kaduna State and Nigeria at large. He is an asset to the Nigerian nation”, El-Rufai stated.
The DG, in an earlier speech had explained that the quest to support the efforts of Government in re integrating 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 re integrate 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 begin normal life and attain self-reliance without being a burden on the government.
“Our interventions are in three 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”, he said .
In the same vein Chairman, Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Senator Danjuma Goje, has commended NIMASA’s management donation of relief and empowerment materials to displaced persons in Gombe State while acknowledging the timeliness of the intervention.
The empowerment materials donated by NIMASA include tri cycles, sewing machines, grinding machines, sugar cane extractors, vulcanising and welding machines amongst others. Also included in the CSR intervention by NIMASA in both Kaduna and Gombe States were household and food items