(TRADE NEWSWIRE): A Socio-Economic Reformer and Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, has expressed her readiness to work with Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) to bring more women into shipping business, just as she called for cooperation among the women folks in all their activities to aid the development of Nigeria, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports.
In a statement obtained by TRADE NEWSWIRE from the Principal Manager, Public Affairs, NPA, Ibrahim Nasiru, on behalf of the General Manager, Public Affairs of the Authority, NPA MD made said this when she played host to the Executive members of the (WISTA) led by its President, Mary Madu Hamman, at NPA headquarters in Lagos.
(Women in Development): It is the integration of women into the global economies by improving their status and assisting in total development. It is a special division that was established by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
It called for women to play an active role in all sectors and at all levels of the Program of Action adopted by the World Conference of the United Nations Decade for Women, both as agents and beneficiaries. Policies on industrialization, food and agriculture, science and technology and social development should all involve women.
(Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association)- WISTA: is a networking organization for women at management level in the maritime industry. The association works to Facilitate the exchange of contacts, information and experiences among its members; Promote and facilitate the education of its members; Provide liaison with other related institutions and organizations worldwide.
(Note): Hadiza’s Socio-Economic contributions to women/ female gender at all levels is widely known, amongst which was her contribution ‘socially’, being one of the leading crusaders of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaigning, a voice that helped meaningfully in pressurizing the government on the rescue of the abducted girls.
(Synergy): is a state in which two or more things work together in a particularly fruitful way that produces an effect greater than the sum of their individual effects.
According to Hadiza, the sector has been dominated by men spanning many years,as developments through appointments of women at leadership levels of several corporate entities by government across the nation has further brought to the front burner potentials in women and relative associations through networking and capacity building.
She further asserted that the NPA Management would ensure that such Women groups like Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association WISTA are supported in the area of capacity building and networking.
She assured the gathering of Management’s support through sponsorship of some of its delegates to its forthcoming Conference to further boost and widen the International horizon in business networking.
Earlier in her opening address, Mrs Hamman stated that the Organization with branches all over the world was established in the United Kingdom about 34 years ago. The Nigerian branch came on board in 1984. Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association.
She stated that Nigeria has the largest number of members in the 14 strong Africa countries notable amongst are, South Africa, Morocco, Mozambique, and Guinea Conakry.
As part of its commitment towards empowering the womenfolk towards self-development and reliance, the group recently embarked in the purchase of fishing boats and nets for women in Epe and Oron. Plans are at the advance stage towards doing same for women in Agulere and beyond
She solicited for NPA Management’s collaboration to support the sponsorship of the group’s aspirations.