Nigerian Ports Authority Pledges Ongoing Support as WISTA Nigeria Unveils New Office

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In a significant milestone for the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Nigeria, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-koko, has pledged support. The commitment came as Mr. Bello-koko officially commissioned WISTA Nigeria’s newly acquired office space in the Alaka area of Surulere, Lagos.

Representing the Managing Director, Dr. Mrs. Chinwe Nwokolo, General Manager of Medical Services at NPA, conveyed heartfelt congratulations to WISTA Nigeria for achieving the establishment of their own office after 29 years of existence. She acknowledged the historic significance of having a dedicated space, expressing confidence that WISTA Nigeria’s voice will now resonate louder and farther.

Dr. Nwokolo promised to convey all of WISTA’s requests to the Managing Director, emphasizing NPA’s continued support for women in shipping. From the renewal of office spaces to sponsorships, the NPA assured a responsive approach, recognizing the pivotal role played by women in the maritime sector.

WISTA Nigeria President, Mrs. Eunice Ezeoke, welcomed attendees and provided insights into WISTA’s mission. Established in 1974 internationally and in Nigeria in 1994, WISTA is a global association supporting and attracting women in the maritime, trading, and logistics sectors. It operates in 59 countries, advocating for gender diversity, capacity building, professional development, and fostering a community for knowledge exchange.

Mrs. Ezeoke outlined the achievements of WISTA Nigeria, noting its role as the first and oldest women’s professional association in the Nigerian maritime industry. Notable accomplishments include an MOU with the International Maritime Organization on gender matters and the establishment of the Maritime Women Network.

The President expressed gratitude to government agencies, especially the Nigerian Shippers Council, for their continued support. Special recognition was extended to past Executive Secretaries, and Mrs. Ezeoke thanked the NPA, led by Mr. Bello-koko, for their financial and moral support.

The commissioning event included the induction of Dr. Mrs. Chinwe Nwokolo into WISTA Nigeria’s membership, presentation of Special Recognition Awards, and the cutting of a ceremonial cake. Past Presidents, affectionately known as Diamonds, lauded the achievement, commending the current president and setting high standards for future leaders.

The occasion concluded with a toast to the association’s milestone achievement in 2023. WISTA Nigeria expressed readiness for continued collaboration with stakeholders to further empower women in the maritime sector, aiming to reposition Nigeria as a global leader in the maritime industry.

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