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Active women involvement key to growth of maritime industry – NIMASA DG

WISTA Encouraging
Women Investment in Fishing – Ogbeifun

Director-General of the Nigerian
Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, says
active women participation is fundamental to the growth of the maritime

Dakuku stated this at a Business
Luncheon and 25th Anniversary of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading
Association (WISTA), where he was represented by NIMASA’s Director of Human
Resources, Hajia Jumai Musa.

The event held in Lagos had the
theme, “Balancing the Gender Gap in Maritime Participation.”

The DG emphasised the need for
more awareness to enlighten the younger women to take up careers in the
maritime industry. He said women had been playing a significant role in the
sector, but stressed that more participation was needed.

Dakuku said, “We should
contribute our quotas to the effort to bridge the gender gap in the maritime
industry. This will be good for the sector and the economy, generally, as it is
common knowledge that women usually do all it takes to excel when given the

In her opening remarks, the
President of WISTA Nigeria, Mrs. Mary Hamman, expressed satisfaction with the
association’s moves to empower women at the grassroots to be self-reliant. 

Hamman, who is also Assistant Director, Shipping Promotion, at the Agency, said
WISTA had strategised on how to carry out outreaches to create awareness and
encourage the youth, particularly women, to take advantage of opportunities in
the maritime industry.

Speaking at the occasion also,
the Managing Director/CEO of Starzs Marine and Engineering Limited, Engr. Greg
Ogbeifun, pointed out that WISTA had actually created a foundation to encourage
people to invest in the fishing sub-sector.

Ogbeifun said, “I am always
encouraged reading everything you are doing in empowering women in fishing as
well as educating young girls. It may look as if it is a small thing, but the
women are playing the role of caring for their families.”

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