By Elizabeth Uwandu
In a bid to blur the gap of gender disparity in the Maritime sector, Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA has vowed to get more African women involved in the industry.
The NIMASA DG who spoke during a courtesy visit of Jemilat Mahamah, President, Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA), Ghana, who was accompanied by Mary Hamman, President, WISTA Nigeria, in Lagos recently also promised to send delegation to the 6th WISTA Africa Region Conference holding in Accra from April 2 to 4.
According to Peterside, “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.
“It is interesting 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.
“You can count on the support 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 benefitting in the economic activities in the maritime sector,” he stated.
On her part, Mahamah, Ghana’s WISTA president explained that “We basically promote women in the shipping industry, and we mentor the young and coming ones,”