As part of the activities marking the 2019 Oceans Day, Women in Maritime, Nigerian Chapter on Friday paid a courtesy visit to the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Liaison office in Marina, Lagos where it presented the regulatory authority with waste bins along with the group’s magazine.
In her remarks, the President of WIMA, Hajia Bola Muse said that WIMA as an international organization is joining the rest of the world in the celebration of the 2019 World Oceans Day event as it seeks to bring people and organisations together to create awareness on how to protect, keep the oceans and waterways clean and healthy.
Muse noted that WIMA’s visit and presentation of the waste bins to NIWA “is part of our corporate social responsibilities towards the celebration of the 2019 World Oceans Day. We hope our modest contribution will go a long in making our oceans cleaner and safer. We do hope that this complements your great work on our waterways,” she said.
Speaking further on the objectives of WIMA, the President said that the international organization is committed to African women’s total development as it focuses on measures of alleviating poverty among women, enhancing entrepreneurship and promotion of their economic empowerment.
She said, “WIMA-Nigeria, a sub chapter of WIMA Africa adopted the maritime strategy 2050 to contribute to the building of Africa’s blue economy. Her aim and objectives are the promotion of cooperation and collaboration between national, regional and international organiastions whilst advancing gender equality.
“To mainstream women participation in all sectors of the blue economy, this includes policy, advocacy and maritime awareness; to promote human capacity development, enterprise development and women inclusion in employment in all facets of the maritime sector. Assist members attend training locally. We are confident that we will achieve our goals and make a formidable impact in the maritime industry, locally and internationally.”
Welcoming WIMA representatives, the AGM, Human Resources (NIWA), Muritala Ogboye appreciated their gesture and contribution towards achieving a cleaner and safer waterways. Ogboye who noted that one of NIWA’s primary function is to maintain the inland waterways, appealed for support from WIMA and other stakeholders.
Stating that NIWA has remained focused in achieving its mandate, Ogboye however said that finance has been a major limiting factor. He said, “One of the limiting factors in achieving our aims is shortage of finance. NIWA has so much to do but limited by finance. But with the little we have, we are trying our best to reduce the menace of dirt on our waterways and curbing the habit of people using the waterways as dumpsite.
“This is a global issue; Nigeria is not alone in it. There should be mass awareness for our people on the use of waterways and really, this duty shouldn’t be left to NIWA alone. We are all involved in it. Let us continue with the enlightenment campaign. The water should be seen as a means and not for waste as there are so many things that can be done with water. We are therefore seeking for your support. Let us try to protect the waterways, Ogboye appealed.
President, Women in Maritime (Nigerian Chapter) Hajia Bola Muse, AGM Human Resources (NIWA), Mr. Muritala Ogbeyo, Assistant Treasurer of WIMA, Mrs. Taiwo Solarin and Vice President (WIMA), Mrs. Rollens Macfoy during a courtesy visit/presentation of waste bins to National Inland Water Authority in commemoration of 2019 World Oceans Day on Friday in Lagos