*brainstorm on maritime issues
Challenges and benefits of building maritime business were major issues discussed at a recent webinar organised by Women in Maritime Africa (WIMA), Nigeria chapter in collaboration with Common Wealth Business Women Network (CBWN) Nigeria.
The event which also aimed to celebrate women who have challenged the statuesque in the maritime industry was part of the organisers activities to mark this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) which came under the theme, “choose to challenge ‘’.
Speaking at the webinar which had in attendance great women who have recorded remarkable achievement in their chosen careers, vice chairperson of the Common Wealth Business Network-Nigeria, Mrs. Ngozi Oyewole explained that a country’s ability to manage its marine resources requires legal certainties concerning its marine time boundaries and added that uncertainties over boundaries and entitlement can lead to conflict over access to resources.
Oyewole pointed out that such conflict could hinder the development of alternative energy as well as undermine the potential of economic resources for , tourism, mineral and marine bio technology .
On her organisation CBWN which according to her is recognised in 54 governments across six continents of the world, she affirmed focuses on leadership and women empowerment.
“We focus on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and also bound by the Common Wealth charter which is committed to assisting small developing states of the world in tackling their economic, climate change and security challenges.
“CBWN in adding global value, we employ our young leaders by promoting youth development and participation, we also promote inclusive development by closing the gender gap, changing lives through learning. We classify our works through trade, training and talents. So, we enhance trade capacity, build capacity to protect human lives”, Oyewole added.
On the other hand, she lauded Common Wealth Organisation for leading member states to unlock the value of blue economy by promoting ocean governance for fisheries.
Also speaking at the webinar, managing director of the Nigeria Ports Authority, Hajiya Hadiza Bala Usman stressed the need for women to be ready to make use of every given opportunity to showcase strength and what they can do.
While commending the organisers of the event, Hajiya Usman called on women to be knowledgeable and sound so as to be found deserving of every opportunity giving.
The participants at the webinar lauded the NPA boss for fulfilling her promise to clear trucks and tankers blocking the roads in Apapa port in Lagos.