WISTA to support Aguleri Fishing Women Group


… Honours MD NPA, Hadiza, as WISTA Personality of the Year

President, WISTA Nigeria, Mrs. Mary Madu Hamman


The Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Nigeria has disclosed plans to support the Aguleri Fishing Women Group in Anambra State.

The association also recognized and honoured Ms Hadiza Bala Usman, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) as the 2018 WISTA Personality of the Year.

Chairman of the event, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho with the WISTA Nigeria President, Mrs Mary Hamman and other dignitaries launching the WISTA 2018 Magazine

President of WISTA Nigeria, Mrs Mary Madu Hamman, made known the plans to support the Aguleri women fishing group on Thursday while giving her welcome address at the 2018 WISTA Business Luncheon and Annual Magazine at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos.

The event was themed: “Sustainable Opportunities for Seafarers in Nigeria.”

The WISTA Nigeria President said “WISTA intends to raise funds for the women’s fishing group in Aguleri, to support them to purchase fishing boats, fishing nets and even boat engines, besides our support for cadets in their studies, among other projects.”

Hamman told the gathering that supporting the women’s fishing group would grow the women’s enterprise.

On the choice of Ms Hadiza Bala Usman as WISTA Personality of the Year, she said “the MD NPA has made waves in the industry and she fits the category of the WISTA International 2018 theme: Women That Move The World.”

She also disclosed that on July 5, 2018 WISTA International got an approval for consultative status from the International Maritime Organisation(IMO), a status that would guarantee that their voice would be heard, recognized and acted on.

She said: “The consultative status gives WISTA the opportunity to promote diversity, inclusion and women’s empowerment, which are WISTA’s main aims.

“WISTA Nigeria has been following the trend of Blue Economy, which NIMASA and other maritime agencies are making sure that our ocean is clean by tacking marine liters, getting rid of pollution and plastic waste from the waters and therefore creating opportunity for maritime training.”

Chairman of the occasion, Captain Emmanuel Iheanacho, Chairman Integrated Oil and Gas Limited, said sustainable opportunities for seafarers would mean ensuring that Nigerians participated more in the country’s international trade in the area of shipping.

“…we export oil as a natural resource that God has given to us. But we should be able to add value to that trade by being able to provide shipping services to that area in use.

“Unfortunately, that is not the case in Nigeria because we dealing with a trade that is dominated by non-Nigerian owners and the people who work on those ships are not Nigerians.”

In a goodwill message, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) appreciated WISTA Nigeria for its efforts at consistently encouraging women in the course of their careers in the maritime industry.

Represented by Hajia Lami Tumaka, Director Special Duties at NIMASA, Peterside said that NIMASA would continue to support the Nigerian seafarers with the required training to enable them access job opportunities both locally and internationally.

A high point of the event was the unveiling and launch of the WISTA Nigeria annual magazine.