NIMASA CALLS FOR MORE FEMALE PARTICIPATION IN MARITIME INDUSTRY
By Samuel Victor Akpan
It goes without saying that the issue of gender equality has been in the front burner of political, religious and cultural debates in recent times.
This quest for balance and fair recognition for women in all spheres of endeavour was once again at the centre of a call, this time by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency on Tuesday at her “2019 Day of The Seafarer”, the ninth edition of the programme held in Lagos.
The call for the greater appreciation for the role of women in the maritime industry was emphasized on by Director-General of NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside at the event which had in attendance top dignitaries including the wife of the Vice-President, Dolapo Osibanjo.
According to Dakuku Peterside, Gender Equality is “essential” to achieve peaceful societies and sustainable development, asides it being a fundamental human right.
Speaking further he underlined the importance of the subject matter by pointing out that research had shown that “empowering women spurs productivity and economic growth”.
While also pointing out that Gender Equality is the fifth of the 17 sustainable development goals set by the United Nations, Dakuku stressed that a closer look at the Sustainable Development Goals revealed that women have a critical role in achieving them.
On her part, Wife of the Vice-President, Dolapo Osibanjo noted that the theme for this year’s event was in tandem with the Federal Government’s agenda on job creation and women empowerment.
Dolapo also added that the event provides opportunity for the government, ship owners and other maritime stakeholders to highlight more “opportunities for women seafarers in the country”.