… Dakuku calls on men to support women achieve objective
Wife of the Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo in a photograph with seafarers during the 2019 celebration of the Day of the Seafarer held in Lagos.
Nigeria’s First Lady, Dr. Aisha Buhari, has disclosed
that President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to provide platforms that will
encourage more women’s participation in maritime to boost economic development.
The President’s wife stated this on Tuesday in Lagos
at an event to mark the 2019 Day of the Seafarer, with the theme, “On board
with gender equality.”
the theme, which resonates with its theme for this year’s World Maritime Day,
to highlight the contributions of women in the maritime industry and encourage
more women to go into the profession of sea transportation.
balancing in the seafaring career, adding that the President is aware of the
economic benefits that come with encouraging the female gender in the maritime
Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, spoke in a
similar vein, saying the men should support women, especially in maritime,
“towards reaching their potential and navigating work place challenges.” This was just as President of the World
Maritime University (WMU), Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, applauded Nigeria’s
effort to encourage more female professionals in the maritime industry.
Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, commended NIMASA’s efforts to promote and
encourage women in the maritime sector. She noted that such was in line with
the President’s aspirations for the sector.
NIMASA, we have seen significant strides aimed at making women active players
in the blue economy industry. Mr. President is desirous of seeing more women
play active role in the maritime industry. This celebration focusing on women
seafarers is, therefore, apt.”
those in the maritime sector, to ensure the achievement of the United Nations’
Sustainable Development Goal 5, which is aimed at attaining gender equality and
the empowerment of all women and girls.”
provide the needed support for women to participate actively in the maritime
significance as well as economic importance of bridging gender inequality and
the need for men to support women towards reaching their potential and
navigating workplace challenges For us to have more women at sea and onshore,
the men have a major role to play in terms of providing the needed support.”
pursue policies and programmes that will accelerate gender equality and
empowerment of women in the maritime sector.
in seafaring since the inception of the Nigerian Seafarers Development
Programme (NSDP), greater attention will now be given to the training of female
seafarers in specialised courses and areas to enable them take up professional
responsibilities in specialised vessels and offshore operations, and maritime
sector generally,” Dakuku said.
suspends waivers on Cabotage manning, Dakuku disclosed that placement of women
on board vessels would be given high priority, with greater attention also given
to providing an enabling environment for female seafarers.
success through the NCCS initiative with about 7,000 Nigerians employed by
ship-owners between 2018 and the first quarter of 2019.
to resolve the issue of armed robbery and piracy at sea.
Ministry of Transportation, Sabiu Zakari, said the Federal Government had
initiated policy reviews aimed at promoting gender equality, empowering women
in the maritime sector, and creating conducive work environment for them in
line with the SDGs.
on the occasion of the Day of Seafarers, said, “Nigeria is one of our
long-standing partners that has provided funds for our fellowships and we want
to encourage them to continue.
provided by the Nigerian Ports Authority, today, we have 199 WMU alumni from
Nigeria, of which 31 are women. About half of these Nigerian female graduates
were funded by the government. The rest received funding from other sources and
other WMU partners.”
world on June 25 every year following the resolution adopted by the 2010
diplomatic conference in Manila, Philippines, in line with the International
Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for
Seafarers (STCW Convention).
“On Board with Gender Equality” as the main campaign theme to celebrate the
2019 Day of the Seafarer, which echoes IMO’s theme for the 2019 World Maritime Day,
and coincides with the disposition of NIMASA as a gender-sensitive
strong emphasis in the maritime space on the importance and value of women
within the professional ranks, a campaign driven and targeted at empowering
women in the maritime community with the hope of having a strong and