…Pledges To Render Support
The apapa area command of Nigeria Customs Service has disclosed that the level at which women are participating in all area of the maritime sector is a welcome development, holding to the fact that women and children are most vulnerable in times of any economic situation or other related issues.
The Customs Area Controller of the command, Comptroller Abubakar Bashir who said this yesterday at his command in Lagos, during a courtesy visit of the executives of Women In Maritime Africa (WIMA), Nigeria Chapter, disclosed that participation of women in the maritime industry will go a long way in not only to help in Nigeria and Africa but also to encourage trade facilitation, seamless operations in all our ports with level of integrity which will in turn aid reduction in the cost of clearing.
Bashir disclosed that since his resumption as the commands boss he has never receive visit from any association which are strictly women, he however pledge his maximum support to the women association. In his word “I can assure you that anything that has to do with any of your programs, events or training, you can be rest assured of my support”
In an earlier development, the president of WIMA Nigeria, Hajia Bola Muse who led her executives on the courtesy visit explained that WIMAfrica of which Nigeria is a chapter, is a central institutional framework for training, capacity building, cooperation and entrepreneurial development of African women in the maritime sector.
She attributes its attainment to the creation of specific groups with a vision of actualizing the 2063 agenda of the African union, hence soliciting for the command’s presence and participation in the association’s pet programmes on blue economy tagged “Advocacy For Cleaner Oceans”
Muse however did not fail to roll out the aims and objectives of the association which include but not limited to promotion of cooperation and collaboration between all states and national stakeholders, organizations whilst advancing gender equality, to mainstream women participation in all sectors of the Nigeria blue economy which includes policy, advocacy, and maritime awareness.
Others includes promotions of Hunan capacity development, enterprise development and women inclusion in employment in all facet of Nigeria maritime sector and also assisting members in attending trainings locally and internationally.