Dr Dakuku Peterside, the Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has commended women in the maritime sector in Nigeria for their contributions and achievements in the typically male-dominated sector.
Peterside, in a statement in Lagos, South-West Nigeria on Friday, called for involvement of more women to help grow the sector.
The theme of the 2019 International Women’s Day is: “Think equal, Build smart and Innovate for change.’’
Peterside said women in Nigeria had made enormous contributions to the socio-economic well-being of the country that could not be wished away.
“Women are wonderful builders and good asset keepers and Nigerian women are even much more.
“I salute and respect you, great daughters of Nigeria on this occasion of International Women’s Day for your monumental contributions and achievements in the maritime sector in particular and Nigeria in general.
“As we strive to build a virile Blue Economy capable of diversifying our national economy and creating prosperity for the Nigerian people, I call for more active involvement of women.
“I seek your participation as equal partners in the collective task of taking Nigeria to the next level.
“So that together we all can proudly accomplish this historic duty of creating a continental paradigm for the sustainable use of the world’s ocean resources for the overall good of mankind.
“In line with the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day, which is ‘Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change’, I call on the womenfolk in Nigeria to roll up your sleeves and get ready to sail with the menfolk.
“And safely we shall land Nigeria as an El Dorado of jobs, security and prosperity,” he said.
Dakuku said he had been an advocate of greater women participation in the maritime sector in Nigeria and Africa and this accords with the intense global push for professional and social equality.
The International Women’s Day, a United Nations recognized day, is celebrated on March 8 every year.
Amaka E. Nliam