Male’, Maldives – Hassan Saajin, brand ambassador for Ooredoo and better known online as ‘Zuvaan Masveriya’ (Translated to ‘Youth Fisherman’), has revealed on twitter that he had a lengthy phone call with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih yesterday.
Saajin tweeted out earlier yesterday, which was the national fishermen’s day that he wishes for a phone call with the President, so that he voice his thoughts and concerns about the struggles faced by local fisherment. But he did not think the President of the Maldives would actually call him later that night.
In an interview to local news outlet “The Press”, Saajin said that the phone call he received at around 11:15 PM and the subsequent lengthy conversation he had with President Solih had made him very content a much more optimistic.
He revealed that receiving the phone call from the President had made him a bit hesitant initially, but President Solih’s friendly and calm demeanor made him set aside any reluctance and allowed him to express his opinions clearly.
The president asked, multiple questions from Saajin, such as how he first got into fishing, what he was doing to promote fishing and also inquired about the challenges fishermen currently face.
The president also asked Saajin about the cameras he uses, for the various fishing related pictures he posts on his twitter that have gained a lot of traction. The President said that he himself has a great interest in photography and went on to share some insight on the subject.
He added that the President said that there were ongoing efforts to solve the many issues faced by fishermen currently, and that fishermen would benefit from numerous subsidies in the near future.
Born to Gemanafushi, Gaafu Alif Atoll, the 21-year-old Saajin developed his love of fishing at a young age, and has since established himself as a popular ‘young fisherman’, spreading awareness about the industry, advocating against the challenges faced by the fishing community, and encouraging younger generations to enter the field. He has also registered his own foundation ‘Dhivehi Masverin’ (Maldivian Fishermen), and shares his life as a fisherman on his locally popular social media channels.