Photo: Mrs Rollens Macfoy, 3rd Left flanked by her guests at the event.
Women in the Maritime Industry on Tuesday joined their counterparts all over the world to celebrate International Women’s day with the theme: Gender Equality today for Sustainable Tomorrow” #BRAKW THE BIAS.
She therefore encouraged women in the Maritime Sector to àvail themselves of the opportunity in the sector and take up jobs that can better their lots adding that women can be employed to work in the vessels as Managers, cooks, cabin crew and others.
Speaking also, Captain Sunday Michael Umoren, Secretary General Abuja Memorandum of Association (MOU) on Port State Control for West and Central Africa lamented shortage of women in the shipping industry, which has also affected the economy negatively.
However, the Secretary General while speaking at the event tagged ‘Gender Equality Today for Sustainable Tomorrow’ #Breaking the Bias’ reiterated that the maritime industry is a major driver of the national economy with huge opportunities for women in the sector.
He said that, “it is reported world we have shortages of labour in the Maritime sector, but However posited that there is an opening
‘Maritime Sector Is a well regulated sector and needs to abide with a lot of laws and the spirit of excellence, required knowledgeable and skilled staff the spirit of excellence will make them outstanding candidate.”
On challenges inhibiting women in the maritime business, he said, “the external aspect will be the idea that maritime business is purely for men and of course even the women themselves tend to believe a lie especially when it is said all over again. But as early as 1750, women have been navigators ,breaking that ceiling. Women have always been there. It is for us to brake the barrier and then move into the new era.
“It is open to all. We have femal captains today. Infact there was a vessel from India last year that all the crew, from Captain down, were female.”
Highlights of the occasion was Quiz and Debate competition among some schools invited to the event. The schools attended include Anglican Grammar School, Onward High School, United Christian Senior Secondary School Apapa, Seagate College Apapa and Princeton College.