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Women Command 41% of Top Roles at NIMASA on Maritime Women’s Day 2024

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Fasuyi Tolulope

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) boasts that women hold 41% of its top management positions, according to Director General Dr. Dayo Mobereola. This announcement was made during a keynote address in Lagos, in honor of the 2024 International Day for Women in Maritime, which precedes the global celebration on May 18.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) established this day to recognize the significant contributions and resilience of women in the maritime sector. Speaking to various women’s groups in the industry, Dr. Mobereola emphasized NIMASA’s dedication to fostering a culture of inclusion and gender equality, which has enabled women to advance to top management roles.
“At NIMASA, we are committed to fostering a culture of diversity and empowerment. With 41% of our top management being female, we acknowledge the tremendous value that women bring to our organization and the maritime community at large,” stated Dr. Mobereola, represented by Jibril Abbah, the Executive Director of Maritime Labour and Cabotage.
Dr. Mobereola praised the contributions of women in Nigeria’s maritime sector, noting their dedication and resilience. He also highlighted the ongoing challenges that women face, such as gender inequality, discrimination, harassment, and limited career advancement opportunities.
“Your dedication, resilience, and expertise have not only enriched the industry but also inspire future generations of women to pursue maritime careers. While we celebrate the progress made, we must also recognize the challenges women in maritime continue to face. We need to address these issues head-on to create a safe and enabling environment for all maritime professionals,” Dr. Mobereola asserted.
He called on all stakeholders, including governments, businesses, and industry associations, to work together to eliminate barriers and discrimination, thus ensuring equal opportunities for women at all levels in the maritime sector. Dr. Mobereola also highlighted NIMASA’s efforts to support women’s advancement through targeted initiatives, programs, and advocacy.
The International Day for Women in Maritime serves as a reminder of the vital role women play in the industry and the ongoing need to promote gender equality and inclusion within the maritime sector.

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