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WISTA supports Aguleri Women with speedboat, fishing accessories

         … Lauds
NIMASA’s Support for Maritime Women
The fishing boat donated by WISTA to the fisher women in Aguleri, Anambra 

Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association
(WISTA) has donated a speedboat and some fishing accessories to the women of
Omabala Na Esu Fishers Association of Aguleri, in Anambra State.

President of
WISTA Nigeria, Mrs. Mary Madu Hamman, said the donations were part of the
organisation’s drive to inspire more women participation in the maritime

Hamman said she was in Aguleri with her team of WISTA
officials to lend a hand in growing the trade of the fisher folks and encourage
them to tap into the vast opportunities in the maritime industry.
According to her, “Nigeria is concerned about the women
in Aguleri community who are known for fishing and marketing. WISTA is proud to
associate with them and also help them grow their business activities.
“The maritime sector has a lot of opportunities yet to
be tapped into by women.”
She stressed the need for women in Aguleri community to
send their daughters to school and also encouraged them to study courses
relevant to the maritime industry so that they could tap into the resources in
the maritime industry.
The WISTA Nigeria president, who is also Assistant
Director, Shipping Promotion, at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and
Safety Agency (NIMASA), commended the Agency’s efforts, under the Dr. Dakuku
Peterside-led management, to support women in the maritime industry.
“NIMASA has been a huge support and dependable ally for
WISTA and women in the maritime industry generally,” he said.
Hamman stated further, “This is not the first time that
WISTA Nigeria is empowering women. Similar gestures have been carried out in
Epe, Lagos State, and in Oron, Akwa Ibom State. These are all geared towards
ensuring that the lives of women are touched. We also aim to enlighten them on
the golden opportunities yet to be tapped in the maritime industry.”
She announced that WISTA Nigeria would soon be in Enugu
State for a similar exercise.
The First Lady of Anambra State, Mrs. Ebelechukwu
Obiano, who received the items on behalf of the women, expressed gratitude to
WISTA for the philanthropic gesture.
Mrs. Obiano, who was represented by Dr. Ifeoma
Madukasi, said, “I want to show my sincere appreciation to WISTA Nigeria for
taking out time to impact on the lives of the women in Aguleri and also thank
them for encouraging and enlightening the women in Aguleri to tap into the
opportunities in the maritime industry. Today is a day that history and the
women of Aguleri will not forget so easily because, as you can see, today is a
new dawn for women in Aguleri.”

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