|President WISTA Nigeria, Eunice Ezeoke|
Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Nigeria, at the heart of the #2020InternationalWomensDay celebration
is the need to bear women in rural areas along in all that means equal
opportunity to be a valuable part of the whole.
WISTA had done for some communities in Anambra, Enugu states, as well as Edo
State and the marine community of Epe in Lagos State, WISTA President, Eunice
Ezeoke , shared in a chat.
support in scholarships for female cadets who have distinguished themselves
academically at the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Akwa Ibom.
done with coursework, have also enjoyed placements on board vessels for their
seatime training, courtesy of WISTA.
president to ensure that the association strengthens the other branches in other
maritime is to ensure that they add value to the building blocks shaping the
industry. The story, she said, is for women are privileged to be in management
positions to be much more than earlier women who made sacrifices and gave their
privileged to rise to management positions in maritime industry have paid some price,
because it has not been easy at all in a male-dominated industry that is also
paid some price, so the onus lies on us to also pave the way, make some
sacrifices for the future generation. It keeps getting better because our voice
is getting stringer and making more impact.”
WISTA due to value expressed, Ezeoke added that “For instance, in WISTA Intl’
and WISTA Nigeria, we have moved in the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)
from observer-status to a consultative status. It is a milestone because we
have been accorded a sitting position in the IMO.”
Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman, as the first
woman to occupy that office means more women can attain the same position. But,
they must have valuable contributions from opportunities they have, Ezeoke
achievable, according to the WISTA Nigeria President, is to have women own
fleets of vessels, tankers and occupy the vacant positions in offshore of the
oil and gas industry.
contributions of Nigerian women in the maritime industry, thus making it grant
training opportunities to the women, WISTA Nigeria has planned on making the
best use of the opportunities, even as it would work towards owning its own