How women earn living ferrying commuters across Bayelsa waters

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By Emem Idio

The average Bayelsa-Ijaw woman is known for hard work and resourcefulness. The state is blessed with an array of creeks, rivers and tributaries which span across the length and breadth of state with fishing, boats-making and lumbering as the main occupation of the people.

However, the industrious women of Sabagreia community in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area have fashioned out a novel means of livelihood eke a living by utilising the natural resource (creeks) in their domain to their advantage.

The community shares a common boundary with Polaku in Yenagoa Local government Area, while the two communities are separated by the Polaku Creek, which the women of Sabagreia have turned to their business territory.

Although Sabagreia can be accessed through Opokuma Town via the East-West Road, most visitors and indigenes prefer taking a shorter cut through the Polaku Creek, where they are ferried across the 200-metre span to Sabagreia from Yenagoa, the…



Source: Vanguard Newspaper