Empowering Women in Maritime: NIMASA Elevates 41% of Female Staff to Management Position

Empowering Women in Maritime: NIMASA Elevates 41% of Female Staff to Management Position 

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has made a significant stride in promoting gender equality by elevating 41% of its female staff to management positions. This milestone was announced during the International Day for Women in Maritime 2024 celebration in Lagos, themed "Safe Horizon: Women Shaping the Future of Maritime Safety".

Dr. Dayo Mobereola, NIMASA Director General, emphasized the agency's commitment to diversity and empowerment, aiming to create a level playing field for all. He acknowledged challenges faced by women in maritime, such as gender inequality and lack of opportunities, and pledged to address these issues head-on.

"The International Day for Women in Maritime 2024 is a celebration of the invaluable contributions of women in the maritime industry and a call to action to ensure safe and inclusive horizons for all maritime professionals," Mobereola said. "We are committed to fostering a culture of diversity and empowerment, and this promotion is a testament to our dedication to gender equality."

The event brought together women in maritime, who were urged to collaborate in harnessing the nation's blue economy to build a sustainable and prosperous maritime industry. Speakers included Mrs. Olamide Odunsanya, NIMASA Director of Finance, and Dr. Mrs. Odunayo Ani, President of Women International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Nigeria.

"WISTA Nigeria is proud to be part of this celebration, and we commend NIMASA for its efforts in promoting gender equality," Ani said. "We look forward to partnering with the agency to ensure a sustainable future for the Nigerian shipping industry."

WISTA Nigeria, established in 1979, is the oldest maritime women association in Nigeria, providing networking, business, and skill-building opportunities for women in the industry.

Other speakers included Mrs. Rollens Macfoy, President of Women in Maritime Africa (WIMAfrica), Nigeria, and Mrs. Khadijat Sheidu-Shabi, President of Women in Logistics and Transport (WILAT). They emphasized the importance of supporting women in maritime and encouraged NIMASA to allocate a budget for women's associations to achieve their objectives.

The event celebrated the achievements of women in maritime, recognizing their dedication, resilience, and expertise, which have enriched the industry and inspired future generations. The promotion of female staff to management positions is a significant step towards creating a more inclusive and diverse maritime sector.

NIMASA's commitment to gender equality is a shining example for other agencies and organizations to follow.

 By empowering women in maritime, the agency is not only promoting diversity but also tapping into the vast potential of women in the industry. As the maritime sector continues to evolve, it is essential to have a diverse and inclusive workforce to drive innovation and progress.

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