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Women fulcrum of most successful world economies, says NIMASA DG


DG NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside

The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and
Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has stated that women are central
to the accomplishments and efficiency of most successful world economies.

stated this on Monday in Lagos at a sensitisation workshop for female students
organised preparatory to the 2019 ‘Day of the Seafarer’, an international event
that holds annually
 on June
urged the girl child to develop career interest in the maritime sector.
The wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, will be leading
other dignitaries and stakeholders in the maritime community to campaign and
encourage more female participation in seafaring and maritime trade at the
event scheduled for Tuesday in Lagos.
Dakuku said NIMASA would intensify efforts to encourage ladies,
particularly the girl child, to take advantage of the vast opportunities in the
maritime industry.
The DG, who was represented by the Executive Director, Maritime
Labour and Cabotage Services, Mr. Gambo Ahmed, emphasised the need to put
proper structures in place in order to have a strong maritime sector, and
a robust economy.
noted that the sensitisation of the girl child on career in maritime was an
intervention programme of the Agency, stressing that “On Board with
Gender Equality”,
 which is the theme for the 2019 Day of the Seafarer,
coincides with the disposition of NIMASA as a gender-sensitive organisation.
“It may
look tough, but it is not insurmountable. The challenges are enormous, but it
is our hope that the proactive, pragmatic and deliberate actions as well as the
programmes of the Agency will yield positive result in the long run. We are
ready and we will continue to align with global best practices in the
management and running of the Nigerian maritime sector. Women are critical and
we will work and encourage them,” 
DG said. 
Dakuku observed that the problem of unemployment in the country
could be tackled through the development of the maritime sector and NIMASA
would work with relevant institutions and instruments of the International
Maritime Organisation (IMO) to make the industry attractive, especially for
According to him, “To achieve our objective of ensuring a holistic
and sustained participation of women in Nigerian maritime affairs, sensitising
the girl child is important and making the industry attractive is also
important.  As an Agency, we are prepared to support and partner
relevant agents of development in Nigeria, including schools, which is the
underlying motive of this sensitisation.
The DG reiterated NIMASA’s commitment to ensuring better working
conditions for seafarers in line with the International Labour Organisation’s
Decent Work Agenda. He assured that the Agency will continue to give issues
concerning seafarers, particularly women seafarers, top priority.
Inspirational career talks were delivered at the event by some
women practitioners in the Nigerian maritime industry, including Miss Iwu
Augustina Ogechukwu Sandra (Navigator), Mrs. Adebimpe Oluwadamilola (Chief
Engineer), Miss Karen Ogidigben, and Miss Pauline Adula (Marine Engineer). They
spoke on the benefits of female participation in the industry as well as the
Female students from many schools, including Nigerian Navy
Secondary School, Ojo, Lagos, Victoria Island Girls Secondary Grammar School,
Queens College, Yaba, Kuraimo Junior Secondary School, and New Era Girls
Secondary School, were in attendance..
NIMASA has over the past few years embarked on the training and
retraining of Nigerian seafarers and cadets in specialised maritime courses,
both locally and internationally, with the aim of enhancing their competence
and employability.
The Day
of the Seafarer
an annual event marked globally following the resolution adopted by the 2010
diplomatic conference in Manila, Philippines, to adopt the International
Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for
Seafarers (STCW Convention).

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