Nigeria has experienced the rise of a first female towboat Captain.
With the emergence of the first female Tow Boat Captain, Canus Ebinipre Robinson, the acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Mr. Mohammed Bello-Koko, has reiterated that the agency will continue to empower and provide opportunities for women in the maritime industry, while taking deliberate steps and conscious efforts to nurture young women maritime experts.
The MD, gave this assurance last week at a reception in Lagos, in honor of the country’s first female Azuimuth Stern Drive (ASD) Towboat Captain Robinson, organized by L.T.T Coastal and Marine Services, the company managing the Authority’s marine crafts.
Mr. Bello said the Nigerian Ports Authority as an equal opportunity organization is always enthralled to be associated with exceptional deeds especially when accomplished by female professionals.
He also stated:
“In our relentless drive to improve operational efficiency we recently invested heavily on the acquisition of world class tugs to boost towage and mooring operations at the Port, so the news of increasing availability of local talent and expertise to seamlessly maneuver sophisticated high performance vessels such as the ASD is heart gladdening for us”.
He commended the Management of L.T.T Coastal & Marine Services Limited for the foresight that birthed such achievement.
“This notable achievement is more heartwarming for us at the Nigerian Ports Authority because it shows that stakeholders are keying into our efforts at promoting the participation of women in the maritime ecosystem.
If we must optimize the ever growing potentials and dynamism of the global Port system, we must create an atmosphere conducive for increased participation of women in port operations”, he remarked.
He described the rise of the first female Tug boat Captain in West Africa from Nigeria as a rare achievement that should take exceptions to young ladies to aspire to achieve greater heights, not because of their gender but because of their capacity.
The Authority according to the N.P.A Boss places high value on gender, in her overall talent development agenda.
West Africa’s first female Azuimuth Stern Drive Tow boat Captain, Ebinipre Canus Robinson, hails from Bayelsa State in Nigeria.
She is a product of the National Seafarers Development Programme, promoted by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
Source- Vanguard news.