In its quest to aid its members in tapping into various aspects of the maritime industry,Women in Maritime Africa, WIMAfrica
(Nigeria chapter) , has put together a one day sensitization program on fundamentals of commercial shippings.
The seminar which broadens on the rudiments of shipping in totality also analyzed the various challenges facing Nigerian importers and exporters.
The sensitization seminar which was held during the monthly meeting of the association in Lagos on Wednesday has Mr Edmond Martins, Business Manager, Klmpt Harkulson Ltd as the facilitator.
Martins urged Women in Maritime Africa to participate in the shipping business and create wealth for unemployed youths in the country as it is important to open the eyes of women to shipping business, to enable them strive to own, manage and run ships.
Stating that women should look beyond participating in the clearing and forwarding business but to also participate in the bigger part of International trade in the maritime business.
Martins noted that there is not enough coastal trade in the West and Central African coastline, meanwhile a lot of opportunities in the coastal trade for women, as well as in the off-dock terminals.
In her opening remarks, Hajia Bola Muse, President of the association said that there is need for more women to join the association, to enable them have a strong voice to tackle maritime challenges confronting government.She said that the maritime domain was a male-dominated sector, saying that the association would bring more women together and also support the Federal Government to achieve its mandate in making Nigeria a preferred destination.
Muse however called on professional women who have interest in shipping to join the association and benefit from the shipping business.
Adding her voice to that of the president, Mrs Jean Anishere, Continental President of WIMAFRICA, , urged maritime women to always engage in training and workshops, that will enable them to invest in shipping profession, holding to the fact that Nigeria has a vintage position in Africa to promote the trade.
She commend the Nigeria chapter of the association under the leadership of Hajia Bola Muse for such a laudable initiative and as well promised to introduce some of the training programmes being organised by Nigeria to other continental bodies of the association so as to enable women to fully tap into the shipping potential.
Jean also advised women to work on how to tap into the shipping potential by patronising the tramp trade.