The Rector, Certified institute of Shipping of Nigeria, Professor Alex F. Okwuashi on Thursday, 21 November, 2019, stated that “Gender equality” is more than equal representation; but a reality that should be strongly linked to women’s rights, often requiring policy assertion at both national and corporate levels to uphold.
Okwuashi stated this at the 2019 Annual Lecture, Investiture awards, convocation ceremony and also the official commissioning of Princess ( DR.) Vicky Haastrup Multi-Purpose Auditorium which was commissioned by the representative of the Certified institute of shipping of Nigeria President, Mr Mark.
Speaking on the theme: ‘Gender Balance’, Professor Alex O kwuashi noted that “the theme for this year’s event was apt because even at the global level, the Maritime community is awakening to the need to recognize the talent and intellectual worth of women folk and give them their rightful place.
“Gender equality is also known as equality of the sexes. It is the state of equal ease of access to resources and opportunities regardless of gender, including economic participation and decision making; and the state of valuing different behaviours, aspirations and need equally, regardless of gender”, he highlighted.
“The maritime sector would experience accelerated growth if and when gender balance governs recruitment, training and placement policy at all levels of the organization. This will be for the benefit of the country at large” Professor Okwuashi further said.
Speaking in the same vein, Mrs Victoria Adigun who represented the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council, Alhaji Hassan Bello noted the milestone strides from Nigerian Port Authority, headed by a woman.
“Can you imagine that in 105 years of Nigerian Port Authority, we are having for the first time in 105 years a woman becoming a Managing director; but I can tell you that what she achieved in 3 years we have not achieved in 50 years”.
The list of candidates presented and ratified by council of the institute for the award of associate graduate membership (ACIS) 2019 were 104, while the list of graduants in various degrees across all state of the federation in its 2019 list were 294.