The Face Of Maritime International (FOMI) on Friday fulfilled it’s Women Empowerment promise by paying the 3 indigent women who are beneficiaries of FOMI 2019 Women Empowerment Scheme.
Briefing journalists after issuing the pay-cheques to the beneficiaries on Friday, the Founder and Project Director of Face Of Maritime International, Mr Sylvanus Obasi explained that the gesture was in line with the theme of 2019 World Maritime Day by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) tagged, “Empowering Women Within the Maritime Communities”, whereby IMO called on maritime nations, maritime companies and organisations to give back to the society by empowering women within the maritime communities.
According to Mr Sylvanus, “In view of this and as our own way of hearkening to IMO’s clarion call, FOMI went to Tarwa Bay, Snake Island and Olodi Apapa communities to identify 3 indigent women who are in dire need of empowerment”. They include:
NKECHI ONWUBALI: a caterer who makes and sales puff-puff to fend for her children. She is a single mother, struggling to take care of her children. Nkechi sleeps in her shop with her children because she cannot afford to pay for house accommodation.
HANNAH JAMES: a young lady who lost her father last year. She is supporting her mother who became seriously ill following her husband’s death. Hannah works in a fashion and designing house where she is learning tailoring. She strongly wishes to further her education but cannot afford it.
CHIKA UCHECHUKWU: a petty trader who sells clothes in Apapa-Wharf area. She is a mother who struggles to support her family with her small business. Chika wants to expand her business and be able further her education to tertiary levels if given a chance.
Recall that at the FOMI 2019 Grand Finale held recently in Lagos, these 3 women were presented with a cheque plaque of One Hundred Thousand Naira (#100,000) each as Empowerment fund, and today, FOMI Management invited them for the actual payment.