As the nation is charged with the expectation of the 2017 edition of the MMS Woman of Fortune Hall of Fame, the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of Nigerian Shippers’ Council(NSC), Barr. Hassan Bello and the Director- General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside as well as the Secretary General of Abuja MoU, Mrs. Mfon Usoro will officially unveil the book on effective leadership in Nigeria and the maritime industry in particular at the event, which will feature Conference, Awards and Induction ceremony of new Hall of Famers.
The event billed for Thursday October 26, 2017 at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos is expected to attract the cream of policy makers and leaders in the maritime and transport industries as well as gender protection community.
The book titled, MENTORSHIP:The Link to Effective Leadership is a short story of how in five years, MMS Woman of Fortune Hall of Fame (MMS WoFHoF) Initiative has metamorphosed from an idea inside a man’s head into a reality. The Not-for-Profit organisation has continued to identify exceptionally talented women who have a story to tell, and several others who are passionate about encouraging younger women in the society.
So, this book which is a collection of some of the presentations of these women and which helps younger women meander through the path of life; is a first of the tools to empowering women and the society at large.
It discusses, among others: How to navigate the usually murky waters of policy for the woman; It answers the question of why the Maritime industry in Nigeria was a no-go area for the women until recently; For the woman who is passionate about fashioning out a career in Aviation, ICT, Insurance, etc; some experts elucidation is found inside; Where is Nigeria in promoting women in the careers? Not too backward but, it could be better; Insights dot all over the book on how to navigate the world of no limit.
The Founder of MMS WoFHoF Initiative, Mr. Kingsley Anaroke said that the book is for ”Everyone who has a burning desire to see the women in our society emerge as a force to reckon with. It is a book which does not pretend that everything about the role of the woman in the society is uhuru, rather it is an expose into what a beautiful future awaits us as a people, when we get it right with the women and girls.”
“ It also features the human capacity development efforts of some select institutions in the maritime industry and the power of effective leadership in transforming the society for the better, with a guide on human capital needs and they can be developed faster.” He added.
Transportation Minister, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi and the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Sen. Aisha Jumai Alhassan will grace the occasion in style.
While Amaechi will be the chief guest of honour, Alhassan will deliver the keynote address as the organisers raise the stakes in the female mentorship programme designed to increase female participation in governance globally.
President Women Arise for Change Initiative, Dr. Joe OkeiOdumakin will deliver the theme paper of the day tagged, National Integration: Women’s role in leadership and mentorship’, while the managing director of the Financial Institutions Training Centre (FITC), Dr. Mrs Lucy Newman will deliver the second paper titled, ‘Options and Strategies in building and deepening financial capacity for women.’
Chairman House Committee on Aviation, Hon. Chief (Mrs) Nkeiruka Onyejeocha will deliver a third paper at the conference session with focus on ‘Empowering Women for governance and leadership’ and this session will be more interactive.
Expected at the event as special guest of honours include: Chairman, Senate Committee on Women Affairs, Senator, Binta Garba; Chairman, House Committee on Women Affairs and Social Development, Honourable Stella Ngwu.
The event which is already generating responses nationwide will feature book presentation, induction of new Hall of Famers, inauguration of Council Members, Conference session, and award presentation to Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State as a Gender- Friendly governor.
Despite the promise of the ruling government to increase the participation of females in governance, only few governors have developed gender friendly policies which have seen the female gender encouraged to take up opportunities at various significant levels of governance in their states.
Lagos State instituted legal frameworks for dealing with gender-based violence, inequality against women and girls and has since begun their enforcement and awareness creation. The laws include: Child rights Law, Domestic Violence Law and gender policy, paternity leave rights.
Some of the notable women to be inducted into the 2017 WoFHoF include; Ms. Sylvia Asana Owu, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Shippers’ Authority.
Others are: Hon. Janet Adeyemi, President, Women in Mining (Nigeria); PriscilliaOgwemoh, Managing Partner, OlisaAgbakoba Legal; Dr. Amy Jadesimi, Managing Director, Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base(LADOL); Funke Agbor, SAN, Senior Partner, Adepetun Caxton-Martins, Agbor&Segun (Barr. & Solicitor); Chief (Mrs) IjeomaUche-Okoro, Director, Legal Services, Federal Ministry of Transport; Dr. (Mrs.) Lucy S. Newman, Managing Director/CEO, Financial Institutions Training Centre (FITC); Mrs. Chinyere Annie-Okonkwo, Director, Topwide Ventures Limited.
Anaroke, while addressing journalists in Lagos recently, said the initiative was to address poverty and manpower need in different sectors of the economy as well as address the gender gap in Africa with the preoccupation of bringing to the fore mentorship of younger generation of women in Africa by helping them accomplish their dreams.
Aside arresting employment challenges, he said MMS WoFHoF Initiative would also bridge the gap between the rich and the poor through match-making of the prospective African young female professionals and leaders with accomplished big-wigs who have recorded landmark success in various fields of specialisation in Aviation, Finance, Oil and Gas, Maritime and even the political field to serve as their mentors.
MMS WoFHoF Initiative is a registered non-governmental organization founded with the aim of empowering women in the society through various means which include discovering and celebrating the sterling qualities and contributions of a select women in Africa for impact on the younger generation and their environment. Through its Women In Leadership and Career Empowerment Programme(WILCEP) Africa platform, career- making African women, young graduates, students and general public at large participate in mentorship and training programmes in various sectors of the economy to bridge the capacity building gap identified towards achieving the United Nations thresholds in the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).
No fewer than 38 mentee-candidates have benefited from the WILCEP Africa scheme, with two given scholarship for entrepreneurial studies in China. The programme’s interest is principally in oil and gas sectors, maritime, aviation, finance and political leadership.
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