Port Harcourt — The Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, at the weekend empowered three communities playing host to the Port Harcourt seaport, with various entrepreneurial and startup packs, worth millions, as part of its corporate social responsibility.
The benefiting communities are Bundu-Ama in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, Okari-Ama and Isaka communities in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The three communities were empowered by NPA with 35 deep freezers, 80 grinding machines and 40 welding machines.
Speaking during the presentation of the items to the communities, the Managing Director of NPA, Ms. Hadiza Usman, disclosed that the empowerment was aimed at sustaining the cordial relationship between the port and the host communities.
Usman disclosed that the gesture was to ensure peaceful coexistence in its operational areas, emphasising that without the existing peace and unity between the host communities and the seaport, business would not thrive at the complex.
She commended the host communities for their cooperation with the management of the Rivers Port Complex over the years, assuring them that NPA would improve on its CRS in years ahead.
“We appreciate your cooperation with the Port management and that is why we are doing these things for your communities, we no longer have crisis in the complex.
“This is part of our corporate social responsibility to our host communities, NPA will improve on our CSR in years ahead,to our communities.”
Represented by the Port Manager, Rivers Port Complex, Engr. Yunusa Ibrahim, the NPA boss also tasked the host communities to make judicious use of the empowerment kits, for the benefits and the overall growth of members of the communities.
Receiving the items, Chairman of Okari-ama Community, Mr. Ezekiel Okari, commended the Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Usman, for her attention to the needs of his community by empowering the people with the entrepreneurial packs.
Okari assured the management of NPA that his community would make judicious use of the items, as it will will go along way in empowering the youths of his community.
Also, a representative of Bundu-Ama community, Chief Willam Addoh, commended the management of NPA for empowerment, assuring that the gesture would engender cordial relationship between the Port and the community.