Hadiza Bala Usman, has applauded the Nigerian Maritime Administration and
Safety Agency (NIMASA) for initiating the “ON
BOARD WITH GENDER EQUALITY’’
campaign for the 2019 Seafarers Day Celebration, as the First Lady, Her Excellency Dr. Aisha
Buhari, called for more women participation in the Nigeria’s maritime sector.
The Managing Director recognized that with such programme
in place, NIMASA is striving to ensure a gender equality in the nation’s maritime
Operations of the NPA, Dr. Sekonte Davis, at this Seafarer’s Day Celebration,
hosted by NIMASA, Hadiza Bala Usman regretted that although gender imbalance is
a global problem in the labor market, “The worst example of this phenomenon
exist in the Maritime Community where records from the International Maritime
Organization (IMO) indicates that a disheartening 2℅ of the workforce are women.”
to Africa alone, but also continental due to traditional and religious
practices which exclude women from certain career opportunities.
our citizens irrespective of gender the best opportunities that life offers
them,” as she encouraged young girls to take interest in science and technology
subjects to enable them pursue careers in shipping and marine operations etc.
maternity leave 16 weeks as against 12 weeks, while nursing mothers are also
allowed to report to duty one hour after official resumption time and closes
one hour before closing as part of encouraging Women.
nursing mothers. In her words “we must constantly remind ourselves that women
matter and that when we build women, we build humanity.”
who represented the First Lady, Dr. Aisha Buhari, said that she was delighted
to be part of the 2019 event as its
theme is centered on gender equality and the empowerment of women in the
opportunity for Government, Ship-Owners and other Maritime Stakeholders to
encourage the participation of women in the Maritime Sector.
in the maritime sector, to ensure the achievement of the United Nation’s
sustainable development goals.
Dr. Dakuku Peterside, while welcoming guests, said the Agency would continue to pursue policies
and programmes on gender equality and empowerment of women in the maritime sector
by instituting sustainable policies to guarantee equal and fair employment
opportunities for both male and female seafarers.
Alhaji Hassan Bello, in his contributions, said that gender equality provides
employment and also promotes the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
environment for Women to thrive in seafaring profession, guarantying adequate
information, pay equality, and the prohibition of sexual harassment.