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Maritime key to boosting Nigeria’s economy into top 20 countries globally – Dangote

President of Dangote Group of Companies, Aliko Dangote has identified the maritime industry as a key element in the efforts to re-stimulate the Nigerian economy.

Dangote said this in Lagos while commenting on the country’s economic potentials and the vast opportunities in Nigeria’s waters, a statement by NIMASA said on Friday. 

Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen at the event also said the maritime sector had been galvanised into an inclusive community of stakeholders and players working to grow the economy.

Tallen said it was the right time to invest in the Nigerian economy.

“The maritime sector is key to the development of the Nigerian economy. As stakeholders, we are committed to supporting the Federal Government towards achieving a vibrant maritime industry in Nigeria. My support is unflinching,” Dangote said.

He spoke ahead of the maritime Corporate Dinner and Merit Awards organised yearly by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), which is geared towards reinvigorating the economy.

Dangote commended NIMAS for enhancing maritime safety and security, saying that it created a viable platform for better indigenous participation and capacity building. “It has tried to develop adequate manpower and infrastructure in the sector in line with international best practices,” the business mogul said.

In her own comments, Tallen commended NIMASA’s new push for gender equality under the current leadership of the agency as led by Dakuku Peterside, saying it has created an environment where actors are comfortable to contribute their talents to the sustainable use of the country’s ocean resources for economic growth.

She extolled the virtues of women in the Nigerian maritime industry, and advised them to make the best use of the environment created for them to be their best.    

According to the minister, “With last year’s focus on women empowerment by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), and the 2019 theme of the Day of the Seafarer being ‘I am on Board with Gender Equality’, it is only fair and honourable that we commend the efforts of the DG NIMASA for embracing the message and meritoriously allowing and entrusting women staff within the agency with many top positions. This is commendable!”

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