The Chairman, Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), Mrs. Victoria Haastrup has clinched the Outstanding Maritime Woman of the Year award at the Maritime and Offshore Award.
This is coming on the heels of a special commendation award given to her earlier this year by the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN).
The latest award joins the growing number of other ones won by Haastrup. It is on record that she won the Maritime Person of the Year award for several years. She was also the first woman to be nominated for the 2021 Lagos State Man of the Year award.
Haastrup clinched the Outstanding Maritime Woman of the Year award at a ceremony that took place in Lagos recently with several stakeholders in the maritime industry and beyond in attendance.
The award was organised to recognise and celebrate individuals and organisations that have contributed to the development of the maritime industry over the years.
Apparently please with the award, Haastrup who is also the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer (CEO), ENL Consortium Limited hailed the organisers for honouring her.
The STOAN Chairman expressed commitment to the development of the maritime industry just as she stated that the industry has huge potentials which if well harnessed, can help address the economic challenges facing the country.
The ENL Consortium Limited Vice Chairman/CEO which is the concessionaire of Terminal C, Apapa Port, used the occasion to hail the Minister of Transportation, Engr. Mua’zu Jaji Sambo, for his commitment to the renewal of expired port concession agreements.
Her words: “We are happy for the new Minister that has given us a lot of encouragement and has promised that all the expired leases will be renewed within 45 days. We look forward to a new concession agreement that would bring comfort to everyone.”
She also used the opportunity to express her commitment to the welfare of port workers, especially dockworkers who hitherto had a raw deal in the hands of terminal operators.
Her words: “Our dockworkers are key workers. We must continue to fight their course because they cannot fight for themselves. I am their greatest advocate and I am happy that since we came on board as port operators, we have placed their wellbeing right on the front burner. Today, I am happy that our dockworkers have conditions of service and are well paid unlike the ill treatment meted out to them in the pre-concession era.”