WISTA donates 16- seater speed boat to women fishing group in Enugu

…Sensitizes high school students on gains of study, career in maritime industry

Members of WISTA in group photograph with the women, inside the boat

The Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Nigeria, at the weekend, donated a 16-seater speed boat to a women’s fishing group in Enugu State.

President of the WISTA Nigeria, Mrs. Mary Hamman, disclosed that the initiative was part of the association’s plan to empower rural women, who have business concerns in the maritime industry.

Members of WISTA by the Ogurugu waterside 

Hamman told OnepageAfrica that the programme was made possible with the collaboration of the Enugu State Government, as the wife of the state governor, Lady Ugochi Ugwuanyi, gave her time and attention to ensuring its success.

The boat presentation ceremony held in fishing community of Ogurugu, Uzo Uwanyi Local Government Area of Enugu.

Addressing the gathering, the Enugu First Lady, and the WISTA President appealed to the men to also be supportive of the women as they manage their fishing businesses.

“WISTA was formed in 1974 in a coffee shop in London, to advance the cause of women in the maritime industry.

Sensitization session with high school students

“These women engaging in fishing at this level, make their contributions to the industry as well. We therefore request of the men that they support the women, so that they excel in the good work they are doing,” Hamman said.

Hamman decorated the First Lady with a sash and honoured her as a WISTA Ambassador.  

Meanwhile, WISTA also held a sensitization session with high school students from the National Grammar School, Nike; Queens College, Enugu, and Anglican Girls Grammar School.

Sensitizing students on gains of careers in the maritime industry

The students were encouraged to study in various disciplines that could enable them pursue careers in the maritime industry, considering the availability of job opportunities.

The WISTA delegation had the President, Mrs. Mary Hamman, Lady Eunice Ezeoke, Lady Anna Akpan, Dr. Odunayo Ani, Hon. Olaitan Williams, and Tosan Edodo-Emore Esq.

On the state team were the Commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social development, Princess Peace Nnaji, Commissioner for Education, Uche Ogbodo, the Chairman of Uzo Uwani local government, Barrister Fide Ani, Honorable Simon Nwabueze, Commissioner for Agriculture Matthew Idu, Lady Vera Ezeigu- Women Leader.