The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman, her counterpart at the Nigerian Shippers Council, Barr Hassan Bello as well as Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mrs Funke Agbor are among the eminent maritime stakeholders who have been billed to speak at the 2019 Conference of Women in Maritime Africa (WIMA) Nigeria chapter.
The conference with the theme “Empowering Women For Effective Participation In The Maritime Sector” scheduled to hold on October 15, 2019 is aimed at improving women participation in the industry.
Speaking at a press briefing in Lagos on Friday, President of WIMA-Nigeria, Hajia Bola Muse, said the 2019 conference of the association would empowered more competent women for effective participation in the maritime industry
She assured that the conference will attract seasoned maritime professionals and key maritime issues would be discussed on how how women can excel in the maritime industry like their male counterparts.
The NPA boss, Hadiza Bala Usman would be speaking on “Importance of Women in Governance for International and National Organizations”
Hajia Lami Tumaka, Director of Special Duties at Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) would speaking on “Role of Promoting Female Leaders”
Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council, Barr Hassan Bello would be speaking on “Carrier Development for Women, the perspective of the Nigerian Shippers Council”
Mrs Funmi Folorunso, Secretary General of the African Shipowner Association is expected to speak on the “Relevance of Women in Maritime to the Development of Policies and Regulations”
Mrs Funke Agbo (SAN) would be speaking on “Dispute Management in Maritime Business”
Other speakers expected to speak at the all-important conference are; National President of Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) Hon Tony Iju, Dr. Omo Ogbai.
Speaking on the efforts and interventions of WIMA Nigeria in recent times, Hajia Bola Muse said the association has provided various platform for training, capacity building, corporate and entrepreneurial development of women in the Nigerian maritime sector.
“WIMAfrica had donated giant Oven to Makoko Women Fishing community to enable them produce more fish for export and also donated waste bin to Inland Water Ways Authority to support in making our waters clean at all times.
“Between 2017 and 2018, we have formally registered the association and got recognized by the Federal Ministry of Transportation, the National Assembly and other national bodies,” she said.
Muse added that the association had undertaken some empowerment programmes including the donation of fish processing and preservation equipment to women in Makoko fishing community in Lagos.
“We are committed to ensuring that we accomplish our core mandate in this sector in a way that serves the best interest of women in the maritime and upcoming generation”
The Chairman of 2019 Conference Committee of WIMA-Nigeria, Barr Foluke Akinmoladun, a maritime lawyer, urged both women and men who intend to encourage themselves in maritime businesses to take advantage of the conference and exploit the maritime industry.
She said the theme was carefully selected in recognition of the IMO 2019 gender program where it is noted that, investing in women is the most effective way of building communities, countries and even companies.
“Participating in the conference will be a well invested time which will be affordable and reasonable considering numerous opportunities in the maritime industry which is yet untapped,” Akinmoladun said.
She explained the need for more Nigerian participation in the maritime sector adding that a lot of foreigners were making money from the country shores as well as through maritime business.
She said “A lot of women are not aware of maritime, so we have chosen some schools to talk to them and mentor them on what is happening in the maritime sector”