The Minister of Transportation, Engr. Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, will be in Lagos on Thursday to grace this year’s MMS Woman of Fortune Hall of Fame (WoFHoF) being put together in honour of his Women Affairs counterpart, Dame Pauline Tallen, who will be inducted into the women honour circle.
Sambo, who will be the Chief Guest of Honour, would also witness the induction of “seven women of inestimable values and distinguished agents of change” drawn from different sectors of the economy nominated for the 2022 edition of the programme.
The one-day event with theme, “Women Arise in Leadership, SMEs Development and Port Efficiency in a Multi-Port Concept Age in Nigeria”, would be chaired by Lady Margaret Orakwusi, who is the Chairperson of Nigerian Ship-owners Forum.
Tagged, “Dame Pauline Tallen: From Zero to Heroine Purple Symposium”, would have nominees like Executive Vice-Chairman, ENL Consortium Ltd, Princess Vicky Haastrup and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr Magdalene Ajani, inducted into the MMS Hall of Fame.
Others to be also honoured are the founder and Group Managing Director/CEO, Techno Oil Limited, Mrs. Nkechi Obi; Director, Human Resources Management, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Mrs. Ada Okam; Managing Director, Tyse Oil & Gas Limited, Barr. Austina Igbokwe and the Commissioner for Transport; and former Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Princess Chinwe Nwaebili.
Slated for Golden Gate Restaurant, Ikoyi, Lagos, the programme would feature speakers and a panel session as well as the induction ceremony.
According to Mrs. Ifeoma Iloh, the Executive Secretary of MMS WoFHoF Initiative, the organizers, the theme sought to review the place of women in corporate and political leadership in compelling notes and facts. She added that it was with a periscope on galvanizing and positioning women to harness the potentials in small and medium scale businesses across sectors.
She, in addition, it would at the same time x-ray how they (women) could drive port efficiency in a multi-port concept age in Nigeria as they leveraged on skills, professional knowledge and technology to remain competitive in work and market places.
“This year’s event is being planned in honour of the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, whose political career trajectory seemed hopeless at a start with the position of a councilor, who later became a two-time commissioner and a two-time minister as well as deputy governor of a state in a stretch of years of hard work, dedication and perseverance. She is a personification of hope for the upcoming, struggling female political leaders as well as micro and small business owners in Africa”, Mrs. Iloh stated.
The theme speaker is the Chairman, Zoe Maritime Resources Limited, Barr (Mrs). Oritsematosan Edodo-Emore, while the President of Women in Mining, Hon. Janet Adeyemi will moderate the panel session. The former General Manager, SERVICOM, Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA), Chief Mrs. Carol Ufere and Mrs. Rolley Macfoy, CEO, Ocean Deep Services would feature as panelists.
Kingsley Anaroke, CEO of MMS
Special guests would include the Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh; Managing Director of NPA, Mohammed Bello-Koko and Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Hon. Emmanuel Jime.
Others include Chairman, Ports Consultative Council (PCC), Otunba Kunle Folarin; CEO, Skelas Group, Prince Olayiwola Shittu; founder, National Association of Government ApprovedFreightForwarders (NAGAFF), Dr. Boniface Aniebonam; CEO,ECMTerminals,Mr. Dayo Balogun.