Women in ANLCA, the female wing of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) have expressed their confidence in the leadership of the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside.
The Association led by its governor, Hajia Bola Muse stated this when they paid a courtesy visit to the head office of the Agency in Lagos recently.
Muse also said that the importance of the visit lied in the fact that NIMASA occupies a pivotal position in the maritime industry, stressing that shipping business is not complete without customs brokers, hence the need for a collaborative relationship between the agency and ANLCA.
“Given the nation’s determination to diversify the economy from being oil dependent and the drive by the current NIMASA leadership to enthrone professionalism and efficiency in ports operations for the economic benefit of the country, we highly commend the leadership of the Agency for the doggedness and drive exhibited in repositioning the maritime sector. It is in the light of this that Women in ANLCA are here today to seek ways to partner with the Agency,”Muse stated.
In his response, Peterside commended the women for their initiative and for their interest in critical areas of Nigeria’s economy.
He said he was impressed by the leadership positions women are aspiring to in the world today noting that the maritime community is particularly excited that the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has finally had its first female Managing Director in Ms. Hadiza Usman.
Represented by Hajia Lami Tumaka, the Agency’s Head of Corporate Communications, the DG emphasised that, “NIMASA is open to partnerships with all stakeholders in the maritime industry with a goal to assist in trade facilitation where our indigenes get a bigger chunk of the pie.”
“While restating the Agency’s commitment to upholding the highest ethical standards in the discharge of its core responsibilities, Peterside also assured ANLCA of the Agency’s partnership “as we all aim for the same goal of making our people and our country better.”
The NIMASA boss further stated that, “our goal is to make Nigerian waters safer, encourage indigenous participation in the maritime industry, create avenues that will facilitate maritime trade and generally contribute positively towards the growth and development of the Nigerian economy.”
The highpoint of the event was the induction of the Head Corporate Affairs of the Agency, Hajia Lami Tumaka as the matron of women in ANCLA.