IWD: Capacity Development for Females will Close Gender Gap- Maritime Stakeholders
-Olotu says NPA executive mgt is closing the gender gap
Capacity development programmes and other self-improvement routines for females would close the gap of gender inequality in the nation’s maritime sector, stakeholders have said.
This was one of the conclusions drawn at the Lagos Port Complex (LPC) of the Nigerian Ports Authority on Monday when the port management together with females from other organisations in the industry joined the world in the celebration of the 2020 International Women’s Day tagged “I am Generation Equal”.
Addressing participants in her welcome address, Mrs Olufunmilayo Olotu, the Port Manager, Lagos Port Complex (LPC) said that although women have contributed to the growth of the sector; more females need to professionally distinguish themselves if equality for all at the workplace would be realized.
She said there is room for women to be outstanding and to hold leadership positions in the industry but that this can only be gotten through hard work and self-development.
Citing examples from the Nigerian Ports Authority administration led by Hadiza Bala Usman, Olotu said the contributions of the Management in realizing gender equality is glaring and impressive.
She said the first female General Manager Marine and Operations in the 64 year history of NPA was appointed at the watch of Bala Usman as well as many other females who today hold various responsibilities in the port industry.
Olotu who noted the importance of the #EachforEqual advocacy also called on stakeholders to emulate the NPA management and give female professionals a chance, as their contributions will advance the sector.
“We should collectively place premium in the discharge of our duties, give prompt responses to our duty demands, even as little as responding to mails. It goes a long way to defining your professionalism.
“The beautiful thing is that, give a task to a woman, she does it in a unique way, she pays attention to details and she is stylish even in the discharge of her duty. She is creative. Like today, we gave awards to cleaners, past port managers, maritime amazons.
“I was very pleased to also see that staff working with me planned an award for me too. It only goes to show the beauty of encouraging and celebrating one another.
“We are challenging women out there to go out, rule your world and conquer; make diamonds out of your charcoal, because diamonds are made out of clusters of charcoal that stay out of sight for a long time.
“Whatever challenges we may have been facing for a long, we should manage them properly and at the end of the day come out the best.”
Addressing participants at the event, the Chairperson of the Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) Princess Vicky Haastrup said women have the innate gifting and strength to balance work and family and should appreciate themselves and not be intimidated.
She said, “women are celebrated because we are carriers of so much grace. Women have so much potential as wives, as mothers and professionals in different fields.
“Women are able to manage businesses in spite of her job or owner of businesses. Women must know that gender is not an obstacle to perform to recognisable levels on duties.”
Representatives of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety AgencyNIMASA, Women in Logistics and Transport(WILAT), Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA Nigeria), WILMA, and other professionals who took turns to speak also told women to prioritise education as this is vitally to their growth through the ranks in the industry.
Others who spoke urged women to become financially literate with multiple streams of income as this is critical to their general well-being.
Highpoint of the event was the recognition of women who have contributed immensely to the port industry as well as young Corp members and staff of LPC for their dedication at work.
Posted on : March 11, 2020