With the ushering in of Chorkor oven and kiln by the Foundation for Partnership in the Niger Delta (PIND) there seems to be an ambience of positivity in terms of fish business in the South south zone of Nigeria as it is proving to be a source of economic empowerment for the people.
PIND representative who was present at an event slated to mark the 2019 International Women’s Day (IWD) for women across Niger Delta states in Ondo State, made known their new innovations to the public.
Bose Eitokpa, PIND Capacity Building Program Manager, said in an interview: “PIND’s overarching strategy is built on the belief that no single organisation alone can solve complex and interconnected challenges in the Niger Delta region. We have therefore adopted the partnership approach based on the fact that it enables organisations to combine resources, capabilities and technical expertise with others for greater collective impact.”
The capacity building program manager who also holds the post of PIND Gender Mainstreaming Coordinator, urged the women who shared their experiences from their various communities, to develop positive mindset and unwavering commitment to change irrespective of the challenges they encounter.
“To innovate for change means understanding inconveniences, learn from successes and failures, process and act on lessons that call for improvement and work to convert such strengths.”
She recounted that “we saw this happen in the case of the introduction of Chorkor oven, where centrally located models of the oven did not work for women in the riverine communities, who would rather own and operate individual fish processing ovens within the households.
Eitokpa lastly, confirmed that the organisation hs learnt their lessons so far, by understanding the challenges and transforming the knowledge into promoting individually owned Chorkor oven. Of which the people of Niger Delta can now testify about the efforts of the PIND, as over 150 Chorkor ovens are presently operating in the riverine communities.