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World Maritime Day: Earn positions you desire, don’t go begging, Amaechi tells women

Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi
With focus on empowering women on the 2019 World Maritime
Day celebration, the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi,
charged women in the maritime industry to equip themselves with requisite
capacity for positions they aspire for, rather than go begging to be considered
on the bases of being women.

Amaechi gave the charge on Thursday , while giving an address marking the World Maritime Day 2019 themed “Empowering Women in Maritime Community” at Eko Hotels and Suites, where industry stakeholders gathered for the occasion.  

He said: “I don’t agree with you on the idea of gender,
because the struggle is not peculiar to Nigeria alone. It is everywhere in the
world. Women get appointment because they merit the appointment. Women should
take power by themselves in a radical manner.
“I have female friends who are very educated, and one
of them is Amina Muhammed who was a Special Adviser to the former Secretary-General
of the United Nations. It was when the President visited the United States and
saw Amina that he was impressed with her and made her a Minister. Amina got to
where she is today because she has a vision and wouldn’t listen to
distractions. Life is about courage.
“So I will urge women in the maritime to stop begging
because it is your entitlement. Women can manipulate men to sign what they
would not want to sign. Women are more brilliant.”
He urged the gathering to focus more on practically
empowering other women to get out of the poverty mark, citing a China example
that achieved uplifting about 800 million people out of poverty.
On her part, the Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemi Saraki, called for more support in terms of scholarship as well as
mentoring for young female cadets who are training to take up careers in the
maritime industry.
She particularly called for more female enrollment in
the Maritime Academy, as a foundation step for greater government support for
encouraging women in the maritime industry.  

In several goodwill messages, the stakeholders, especially associations of women groups made cases for supporting women in the industry grow and develop capacities for driving the industry. 
The event was organised by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA), supported by other maritime administration agencies of government. 

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