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Maritime can strengthen Nigeria’s economy – Dangote

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Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President, Dagote Group of Companies
The President of Dangote Group of
Companies, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has identified the maritime industry as a key
element in the efforts to restimulate the Nigerian economy. 

Dangote said this
in Lagos while commenting on the country’s economic potentials and the vast
opportunities in Nigeria’s waters.

This was as Minister of Women
Affairs, Mrs. Pauline Tallen, said the maritime sector had been galvanised into
an inclusive community of stakeholders and players working to grow the economy.
Tallen said it was an opportune time to invest in the Nigerian economy.
Speaking ahead of the maritime
Corporate Dinner and Merit Awards organised by the Nigerian Maritime
Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), which is geared towards
reinvigorating the economy, Dangote said, “The maritime sector is key to the
development of the Nigerian economy. As stakeholders, we are committed to
supporting the Federal Government towards achieving a vibrant maritime industry
in Nigeria. My support is unflinching.
“I also commend the management of
the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for being
focused in providing an enabling environment for industry players in the
country, while recognising the great job of the team under the leadership of
Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the Director-General. 

“It is teamwork that makes it all
possible and NIMASA is recognising this by honouring its staff and industry
stakeholders. The maritime industry awards is a very good initiative, one
necessary to stimulate excellence in the Nigerian maritime industry.”
The Agency has done very much to
enhance maritime safety and security, and created a viable platform for better
indigenous participation and capacity building. It has tried to develop
adequate manpower and infrastructure in the sector in line with international
best practices. 
In her own comments, Tallen
commended NIMASA’s new push for gender equality under the current
Director-General, saying it has created an environment where actors are
comfortable to contribute their talents to the sustainable use of the country’s
ocean resources for economic growth. 

She extolled the virtues of women in the
Nigerian maritime industry, and advised them to make the best use of the
environment created for them to be their best.   
According to the minister, “With
last year’s focus on women empowerment by the International Maritime
Organisation (IMO), and the 2019 theme of the Day of the Seafarer being ‘I am
on Board with Gender Equality’, it is only fair and honourable that we commend
the efforts of the DG NIMASA for embracing the message and meritoriously
allowing and entrusting women staff within the agency with many top positions.
This is commendable!”
She commended NIMASA’s support
for the Federal Government’s economic diversification drive through tangible
efforts to develop the blue economy. Tallen said, “Not only has the Agency in
many ways transformed the maritime industry by advancing it to international
specifications and requirements, it recognises the outstanding actors who have
facilitated and fostered this change. For this, congrats are in order and I
pray that many others take a cue from NIMASA. It takes teamwork and this
teamwork is being recognised.”
Nigeria is doing a lot to
encourage female participation and equality in the maritime industry. The
country has engaged in various capacity development initiatives for the female

The Federal Government’s commitment to the promotion of gender equality
in the sector was further demonstrated by the First Lady, Dr. Aisha Buhari, who
was well represented by the wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo,
during the 2019 Day of the Seafarer ceremony.
Besides, there are many women
holding the positions of Director and other high offices in NIMASA and Dakuku
has continued “to invite more females to participate in the already male
dominated sector, as they have a lot to offer.”

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