Barely one month after her enthronement, the newly crowned Face Of Maritime International (FOMI), Queen Stella Amuba has hit the ground running on her pet project as she led other maritime dignitaries to Queens College Yaba-Lagos on the Girls Go-To-Sea Campaign Program.
It was an interesting outing on Wednesday at the foremost girls secondary school in Nigeria, as Queen Stella accompanied by her Runners up: Queen Timipere Christopher, and Queen Abdulsalam Kehinde together with officials of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), and that of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) thrilled the 250 school girls with Maritime Career Talks.
The Girls Go-To-Sea Campaign is a catch-them-young programme targeted at secondary school girls with the aim of sensitizing and encouraging young school girls to consider studying maritime related courses at their tertiary education level to enable them qualify for career opportunities for women in the maritime sector.
In her opening remarks while addressing the school girls, Queen Stella revealed that the purpose of taking the Girls Go-To-Sea Campaign program to secondary school girls was because in the next 10 years, FOMI wants to see more women become seafarers, freight forwarders, maritime lawyers, customs brokers, manning agents, port managers, marine engineers, navigators and the likes, in order to have a gender-balanced maritime work environment.
She therefore called on the school girls to develop interest in maritime, further their education in maritime related courses in order to qualify for job opportunities in the sector.
Also speaking, the Lagos Area Manager of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Engr Mrs Sarat Braimoh told the girls that what a man can do, a woman do better. Engr Braimoh who was represented by the Senior Manager, Marine Department, Engr Mrs Elsie Egwuatu urged the girls that gone are the days when women are relegated to the background. She encouraged the school girls to dare to dream big and achieve success in areas dominated by men.
Speaking on the topic entitled, “Career Prospects For Females In The Maritime Sector”, the Director -General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Bashir Jamoh said that women have a place in the maritime sector, because maritime operations are onshore and offshore which makes it easier for women to operate in.
The NIMASA Boss who was represented by the Director of Internal Audit, Mrs Olamide Odunsanya enumerated the various career opportunities for women in the maritime sector, and encouraged the girls to tap into the blue economy being championed by the agency in order to create wealth for their families in the future.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Director and Principal of Queens College, Lagos, Dr Mrs T.F.O Yakubu-Oyinloye thanked Face of Maritime International for bringing the Girls Go-To-Sea Campaign to the school, which she said is the first girls secondary school in Nigeria.
She encouraged the students to make the most of the opportunity by learning more about maritime and taking a career path in the sector.
Highlights of the programme included maritime career talks, Question and Answers session, Distribution of FOMI branded exercise books and pens as souvenirs, photo sessions and signing of autographs for the students by FOMI queens and some maritime dignitaries.
The following notable dignitaries attended the occasion: The Director of Internal Audit, NIMASA, Olamide Odunsanya; Assistant Director and Head of Seafarers Services Division, Dr Amos Hosea Kuje; Executive Director of Face of Maritime Internal, Mr Sylvanus Obasi and yhe Senior Manager, Marine Department, NIWA, Engr Mrs Elsie Egwuatu.
Others include: Director/Principal, Queens College, Lagos, Dr Mrs T.F.O Yakubu-Oyinloye; Legal Officer, NIWA, Linda Chubby Ezeamama; Vice Principal Academics 2, Mr Komolafe; HOD, Guidance and Counseling, Mrs Udoh; the 3 FOMI Queens and other personnel of NIMASA and NIWA.