L-R: Tilley Gwando, assistant comptroller of Customs in charge of scanning at the Lagos Port Complex, Apapa; Head, Bunmi Pratt, human resources of APM Terminals Apapa, and Aisha Ali-Ibrahim, the Port Manager, Lagos Port Complex, Apapa, during the APM Terminals Apapa event to mark the 2017 International Women's Day in Lagos recently.

APM Terminals Apapa Limited has joined the global community to celebrate its female employees and women in the nation’s maritime industry during the 2017 International Women’s Day.
The event attracted notable women from the maritime industry including members of the Women in Logistics and Transportation (WILAT), led by Aisha Ali-Ibrahim, who doubles as Port Manager of the Lagos Port Complex, Apapa and Tilley Gwando, the assistant comptroller of Customs in charge of scanning at the Lagos Port Complex, Apapa.
The International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women globally. The day, which is celebrated every March 8, also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
Bunmi Pratt, head, Human Resource of APM Terminals Apapa said that A.P. Moller-Maersk believes in gender, nationality or ethnic diversities such that they hire more women within the group to achieve gender diversity. “We need more professional women to stand and take up the jobs that they are qualified for and not restricted by gender bias.”
“To achieve this gender diversity, we have anchored the diversity principle in our hiring process so that when we hire, we don’t just hire but make sure that we have a diverse work force,” said Pratt.
She said the company is committed to providing the right environment for women to thrive in the workplace.
According to her, part of measures instituted by the company in providing the right environment, which is evidence in the newly adopted maternity policy, which helps women to keep their jobs rather than quit after child birth. “For us at APM Terminals, we are very committed to looking at the whole life cycle of the female employee, from the recruitment process, to training, development and even during maternity.
“We are committed to creating the right environment for women to do their job while also taking care of their social life. We know that women have certain responsibilities, so we create a work environment that allows them to manage both effectively,” she said.
Aisha Ali-Ibrahim, President of WILAT, enjoined women to be more committed, hardworking and to believe in themselves in their chosen careers.
The theme of the 2017 International Women’s Day was “Be bold for Change”.
APM Terminals Apapa is the largest container facility in West Africa, having doubled container traffic after concession began in 2006. It has invested over $350 million in port expansion programme since 2006. It currently operates the Apapa and WACT facilities in Nigeria, with plans to develop a third at Badagry.

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