to sponsor delegates to WISTA Africa conference in Accra
|Dr, Dakuku Peterside, DG NIMASA|
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku
Peterside, has expressed the
Agency’s readiness to support initiatives aimed at getting more African women
involved in the industry.
this recently when the president of
Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA), Ghana, Jemilat
Mahamah, paid him a courtesy visit at the NIMASA headquarters in Lagos.
in line with the global focus on enhancing the role of women in
the maritime and shipping sector, the
NIMASA DG stated.
sponsor a high-powered delegation to the 6th WISTA Africa Region Conference
holding in Accra from April 2 to 4.
of the conference, “The role of women in harnessing the potential of Africa’s
blue economy,” coincides with the focus of the International Maritime
Organisation (IMO) this year, which is, “Empowering Women in the Maritime
“Globally, the focus in the maritime industry today is how to get more women
involved in the sector, whether as seafarers, ship owners, etc. So every effort
to encourage the participation of women in the sector is supported by NIMASA.
You can count on our support.”
that this year is dedicated by the IMO to empowering women in the maritime
sector, specifically, shipping. Your conference coincides with the thematic
thrust of the IMO this year. Therefore, it is very easy for us to align with
the global agenda of the international maritime community and support your
initiative of hosting the continent in Accra.
of NIMASA and, by extension, Nigeria. We believe and support everything that
would give women a role in the maritime sector. There is no sector that would
exclude 50 per cent of the population and expect that sector to thrive. If we
exclude women, we are excluding 50 per cent of our population from benefiting in the economic activities in the maritime sector.”
conference also agreed with
current efforts by African leaders to create economic activities in the
continent by maximising the benefits of the blue economy.
critical sector that will create employment for our people, contribute to
economic growth, and give opportunities to all our people, whether they be men
is timely and most appropriate that you are focusing on how to get 50 per cent
of the continent’s population involved in the blue economy, be it fisheries,
fishing, or underwater mining, aquaculture or any of the activities that go on
in the blue economy.
totally aligns with our vision of making the blue economy play greater role in
the economic growth of our country and our continent,” Dakuku stated.
WISTA Ghana emphasised the place of the 45-year-old organisation in the
mentor the young and coming ones,” Mahamah said of WISTA, which got Observer
Status at IMO last year and has a membership of about 3, 500 women in the
maritime industry from across over 40 countries.
invite the NIMASA Director General to the 6th WISTA Africa Region Conference
and also sought the support of African countries, especially Nigeria, towards
leading the way in the enactment of relevant cabotage laws to enhance shipping
activities in the continent.
Nigeria, Mary Hamman, was among prominent Nigerian women maritime
professionals that took part in the visit.
Conference in the Ghanaian capital would be opened by the country’s President
and Vice President of Liberia Joseph Boakai, among other prominent leaders
and maritime industry experts from across Africa and beyond.