By Steve Agbota              


The Chairman, Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), Mrs. Vicky Haastrup has bagged the Leadership Award of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).

The award was presented to Haastrup at the 2024 ICAN Annual Dinner and Awards which took place recently in Lagos, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the Nigerian maritime sector.

The 49th President of ICAN, Innocent Okwuosa, said the award ceremony with the theme: “An Evening of Excellence” was organised to recognise and celebrate members, non-members and cooperate organisations that have made contributions that resonates with the values of the institute to the economy of Nigeria.

He said Haastrup won the award as a result of her achievements and for her significant contributions to the development of the maritime sector.

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He advised other members of the society to embrace the values of accountability, integrity, honesty, and transparency to make the country a better place.

Speaking on the award, Princess Haastrup expressed her delight at being recognised for her contributions to the maritime sector, especially being a woman in a male-dominated sector.

She advised other women to be resilient, hardworking, resolute, and determined in their professional pursuits.

“I will tell the girl-child that if Princess Haastrup could be what she is today, contributing her quota to the economy of Nigeria, any girl-child can become anything. For every girl-child who does not have hope, there is hope for women in Nigeria; you can be anything you want to be. Don’t devalue yourself, don’t allow anyone to put you down. There is no limitation to which a woman can grow in Nigeria, just spread your wings and fly,” she said.

Recall that in February, Haastrup, who has won many other laurels both within and outside the maritime sector, was appointed as the Patroness of the Customs Officers Wives Association (COWA).