Determined to maintain its place as a pacesetter among the comity of African maritime nations, Nigeria has recorded another first with the training of the first female Rubber Tyre Gantry (RTG) operators on the African continent.
Following this development, management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has expressed pride and confidence in the special ability of the women folk in an effort to enhance the maritime industry and improve the nation’s economy through incursion into areas supposedly dominated by men.
Speaking at the Tincan Island Container Terminal Ltd (TICT), the Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman eulogized Matilda Adeniran, Tina Onwudinwe, Abiola Adegoroye and Mary Ajayi who became the first set of professionals in the whole of Africa to be trained in the operation of RTG, which is a specialized cargo handling equipment.
Usman poured encomiums on the them for being champions who are able to work effectively in a new environment and that the sky is indeed their limit.
The Managing Director of TICT, Etienne Rocher had earlier in his statement asserted that his company has set a record of training the first set of Nigerian ladies, who can successfully operate the Rubber Tyre Gantry (RTG) in the whole of Africa and that TICT, is proud to be a trail blazer in this area.
"Nigeria is the largest economy inAfrica and Nigeria is showing the way for women employment into the port industry, de-emphasizing gender and promoting capacity and merit.
Rocher, further stated that the ladies have favorably performed in this field and adding that in the long run, their efforts would help to retain Nigeria as one of the biggest players in the Maritime sector and in the sub region.
He disclosed that the company invested 15,000 Euros (NGN6.5million naira) in training each of the female operators in Ivory Coast, bringing the total for all five operators to 75,000 Euros (N32.5 million naira). HE added that "The initial training was six weeks from the trainiers that wee took overseas and after six weeks, there was certification. Directtraining cost was 15,000 Euros, but obviously you will have the power on the jb, which will not be optimum initially, but will get better as the person develops the skill."