NPA Board Chair Promises Empowerment Scheme Will Continue

Akin Ricketts, NPA Board Chair

Assurance has been given that the Nigeria Ports Authority, NPA, Corporate Social Responsibility and Empowerment Scheme, which recently gifted 100 motorcycles, 50 sewing machines as well as cash and gifts to several people in the Central Senatorial district of CRS, will be a continuous process.

Akin Ricketts, Board Chairman, NPA, who mouthed this assurance during an exclusive interactive session with, said it has become necessary to do this because of NPA’s felt need to respond to the sufferings of the people considering the harsh economic realities most of the beneficiaries and would-be beneficiaries face. “As an organization with a humane disposition, what we have so far done is the beginning of an exercise that should ideally see us cover the entire state with the little at our disposal”, he maintained.

Some of the items given out.

Ricketts who was accompanied by A. Oni, Principal Manager, Corporate Affairs, NPA headquarters, Chijioke Ukadike, Head, Corporate Strategic Communication, NPA Calabar, and Abdullahi Bawa, Snr. Manager, Audit, also informed that, the scope of the scheme will be expanded to further support skill acquisition, viable business start-ups and create an enabling environment for the expansion of this start-ups as a sustained way of tackling unemployment.

Some beneficiaries from Boki LGA, who had travelled all the way to Ugep, venue of the event, thanked NPA and Ricketts in particular for midwifing a process that has helped ameliorate their sufferings. They prayed that God will sustain the Chairman in office and grant him the wisdom to do more especially for Cross Riverians in particular and the nation in general.

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