World Maritime Day: Earn positions you desire, don’t go begging, Amaechi tells women

Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi
With focus on empowering women on the 2019 World Maritime Day celebration, the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, charged women in the maritime industry to equip themselves with requisite capacity for positions they aspire for, rather than go begging to be considered on the bases of being women.
Amaechi gave the charge on Thursday , while giving an address marking the World Maritime Day 2019 themed “Empowering Women in Maritime Community” at Eko Hotels and Suites, where industry stakeholders gathered for the occasion.  

He said: “I don’t agree with you on the idea of gender, because the struggle is not peculiar to Nigeria alone. It is everywhere in the world. Women get appointment because they merit the appointment. Women should take power by themselves in a radical manner.

“I have female friends who are very educated, and one of them is Amina Muhammed who was a Special Adviser to the former Secretary-General of the United Nations. It was when the President visited the United States and saw Amina that he was impressed with her and made her a Minister. Amina got to where she is today because she has a vision and wouldn’t listen to distractions. Life is about courage.

“So I will urge women in the maritime to stop begging because it is your entitlement. Women can manipulate men to sign what they would not want to sign. Women are more brilliant.”

He urged the gathering to focus more on practically empowering other women to get out of the poverty mark, citing a China example that achieved uplifting about 800 million people out of poverty.

On her part, the Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemi Saraki, called for more support in terms of scholarship as well as mentoring for young female cadets who are training to take up careers in the maritime industry.

She particularly called for more female enrollment in the Maritime Academy, as a foundation step for greater government support for encouraging women in the maritime industry.  

In several goodwill messages, the stakeholders, especially associations of women groups made cases for supporting women in the industry grow and develop capacities for driving the industry. 
The event was organised by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA), supported by other maritime administration agencies of government.