WISTA Clamours For More Women In Maritime Sector

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The Nigeria Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) has stressed the need to promote women capacity development in the nation’s maritime sector in line with international best practices.

WISTA made this known during a business and book luncheon held in Lagos last week.

Speaking at the event, President of WISTA, Barr Jean Anishere said that women participation in Nigerian maritime is still low compared to her counterparts in abroad.

Anishere noted that all women operating in the maritime sector must come under one umbrella and ensure that more women are exposed to the sector, which is adjudged as the second highest revenue earner.

She said women need to key into maritime activities, so as to gain access to maritime training and technology.

According to her, this will automatically increase the percentage of women in senior management positions in the sector.

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She added that the training will also help to promote self-reliance and more importantly, grow the maritime sector in Nigeria.

Also speaking at the event, Chief Executive Officer of Britannia, Mrs Uju Ifejika said that women must channel their energy to the right direction through understanding whom they are and living above the fear level.

Ifejika also encouraged women to do a proper diligent search and get involved in those areas that make the business tick.

She added that women can join resources together to get started and make sure there is genuine committment since maritime business is capital intensive and should be handled with all seriousness.

According to her ”Ships spare parts are not sold in Nigeria. Since ships are too expensive for an individual to buy, women can go into the selling of the spare parts.  Jetty Fabrication is also there. There should be creative commitment to ourselves by ourselves.”

—Esther Komolafe-Hassan