NPA boss seeks review of established systems to curb women molestation -

Hadiza Bala-Usman, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, has called for review of established systems for checking molestation and other crimes against women in the maritime industry.

Bala-Usman made the call at a webinar on: Enforcing Policies and Legal Instruments Against Sexual Harassment and Exploitation in the Maritime Industry.

The webinar was organised by Women in Maritime Journalism to commemorate the 2020 Day of Seafarers.

According to Bala-Usman, who was represented by Funmilayo Olotu, Apapa Port Manager, NPA, there is the need for everyone to boldly condemn sexual harassment and exploitation across board.

She said: In recent times, the media have been awash with heartrending stories of different categories of the female specie of homo-sapiens that have been victims of gruesome abuses, molestations and fatalities.

I want all of us to note that most of these reported cases occurred on land and within policed jurisdictions.

Now, can we begin to imagine what female seafarers are facing on the wide expanse of waters coursing through continents in the literal no-mans-land, and out of sight?

It is, therefore, imperative that the maritime sector reviews established systems for checking acts of molestation and criminality against the womenfolk in the industry.

The NPA boss said a cursory search through the web revealed that anyone could be sexually assaulted at any time and in any location onboard a ship, adding that cases of sexual assault on ships were rarely prosecuted.

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