…As Dakuku highlights determination to anchor the goals of ‘gender equality’***
The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari on Tuesday invigorated the campaign to entrench women participation in Sea faring, even as the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside reiterated his commitment towards making women a cardinal building block of boosting employment and national productivity.
Represented by the wife of the Vice President, Pastor Dolapo Osinbajo who ignited the celebration at 10.29am on arrival, the Director General stressed that women are central to the accomplishments and efficiency of most successful world economies.
Dakuku in a welcome address said he was genuinely happy to welcome an audience which included the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council, Hassan Bello, the Rector of the Maritime Academy of Nigerian, Oron, Commodore Duje Effedua, Dr. Sekonte Davies, the NPA Executive Director, Marine and Operations who represented Hadiza Bala Usman, the NPA Managing Director; and the NIMASA Board of Directors amongst noteworthy stakeholders.
He highlighted the Day of the Seafarer as an International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) designated day to recognise and celebrate Seafarers, because of their unrelenting commitment towards making life better, globally.
Speaking on the theme: On Board with Gender Equality, Dr Dakuku Peterside said the International shipping community, particularly the NIMASA, not only to recognise what women can contribute if truly and enduringly encouraged, but also that women can positively alter the equilibria of macro economy.
He maintained that gender equality is capable of significantly spurring productivity, noting that gender equality could actually ensure women supply the missing link, as solution, overcoming both discrimination and perceive lapses.
Dakuku stressed the agency would henceforth, single mindedly pursue the realization of goals and gains of gender equality, especially in the area of employment, assuring that gender equality as a vision would be strongly anchored and echoed beyond an issue of mere academic discourse.
Meanwhile, in her message to Nigerians, the President, World Maritime University, in Malmo, Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry has seriously expressed concerned that though women participation in shipping and maritime industry remain critical, women participation and empowerment has remained as abysmally as low as it was 25 years ago.
It is noteworthy that June 25 is annually and globally celebrated as the International Day of the Seafarer!