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International Women’s Day: Dakuku urges active involvement of women in blue economy

DG NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside
The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and
Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has praised women in the country
for their contributions and achievements in the typically male-dominated
maritime sector.

stated this in his message to Nigerian women on the occasion of the
International Women’s Day, marked globally on March 8.

said women in Nigeria had made enormous contributions to the socio-economic well-being
of the country that could not be wished away.

however, sought more active involvement of women in the efforts to building a
strong blue economy. 

The Director-General said, “Women are wonderful builders and
good asset keepers, and Nigerian women are even much more. I salute and respect
you, great daughters of Nigeria, on this occasion of International Women’s Day
for your monumental contributions and achievements in the maritime sector, in
particular, and Nigeria, in general.

“As we strive to build a virile Blue Economy capable of
diversifying our national economy and creating prosperity for the Nigerian
people, I call for more active involvement of women. 

“I seek your participation
as equal partners in the collective task of taking Nigeria to the next level so
that together we all can proudly accomplish this historic duty of creating a
continental paradigm for the sustainable use of the world’s ocean resources for
the overall good of mankind.

“In line with the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day,
which is ‘Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change,’ I call on the
womenfolk in Nigeria to roll up your sleeves and get ready to sail with the
menfolk. And safely we shall land Nigeria as an El Dorado of jobs, security,
and prosperity.”  

Dakuku has been a relentless advocate of greater women
participation in the maritime sector in Nigeria and Africa, and this accords
with the intense global push for professional and social equality. And it is in
line with the focus of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) this year,
which is, “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community.”

International Women’s Day, a United Nations recognised day, is
celebrated on March 8 every year. In 2018,  the official UN theme for the day was “Time is
Now: Rural and Urban Activists Changing Women’s Lives.”

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