…. Lauds SEMA For Rapid Response
The National Commission for Refugees, Migrant and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) has distributed relief materials and start-packs on fisheries to over 40 Bakassi returnees in Akwa Ibom at the end of a five-day skill acquisition training in Uyo.
At the event, the federal commissioner in the agency, HajiyaIman Sulaiman-Ibrahim, who was represented by the procurement officer, Mr Ihenacho Cajetan, said the training was the first of its kind in the state and therefore lauded the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) for providing an enabling environment for the successful hosting of the training programme.
She stated that the training which was aimed at empowering internally displaced persons to become self-sufficient as well as successful entrepreneurs, was also aimed at turning them into employers of labour rather than depending on government for financial assistance.
Sulaiman-Ibrahim stated that the agency would at no distant time return to the state for a follow-up action to see how well the beneficiaries were doing and to assist where necessary.
The Desk Officer of SEMA in the Deputy Governor’s Office, Mr Isaac Umanah, commended the Federal Government’s agency for the initiative and the successful completion of the training programme.
He expressed the appreciation of the state government for the commission’s decision to bring such an impactful project to the IDPs in Akwa Ibom State.
The skill acquisition training further exposed the participants to the benefits of fishing business as well as ways of diversifying into the full value chain such as packaging, storage and distribution.
Items distributed at the event included 40 bundles of fishing nets, bundles of twine ropes, bundles of marine hooks, 20 bundles of marine ropes, 20 lends, floaters and cash gifts.
The high point of the event was the presentation of certificates, starter-packs and the official handing over of the relief materials to the participants.