Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Pauline Tallen, on Tuesday described girl-child education as the fulcrum for balancing gender gap in the society.
Tallen spoke at the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) 2019 Annual Business Luncheon, Magazine launch and 25th Anniversary.
The theme of the event was,”Balancing the Gender Gap in Maritime Participation”.
According to the minister, focus on the the girl-child can be achieved through collaborating with the Ministry of Education to promote enrolment, retention and completion rate of girls in schools at all levels.
Balancing gender gap in the maritime sector connotes that there is inequality in opportunities and needs to be rectified.
It will require a pool of well educated and professional women who are well equipped with the basic leadership skills and Information and Communication Technology know-how to impact on the girl-child.
It requires that from the onset young girls receive quality education to prepare them to make the rightful choices in life; especially in careers in maritime,” she said.
Tallen said that there was an increased demand for mainstreaming gender and application of gender indicators for development planning and programming, but it was limited by low levels of technical expertise.
She said that the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs would be partnering with WISTA in the task of mainstreaming gender in the sector.
Mainstreaming gender equality is a commitment to ensure that women’s as well as men’s concerns and experiences are integral to the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all legislation, policies and programmes.
This will ensure that women and men benefit equally and inequality is not perpetuated. The ultimate goal is to achieve gender equality,” she said.
The minister emphasised the need for a conducive environment for effective participation, alliance building and strengthening partnerships for action in support of gender equality, empowerment of women and girls and the realisation of their human rights.
She said that this could only be possible ”when we put aside our differences and work together as a strong force to achieve the long yearnings and aspirations of Nigerian women”.
In her goodwill message, the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman, urged women in maritime to collectively aspire and pursue working toward balancing gender gap.
Bala Usman said that pursuing gender balancing would enable women to get fair advancement that was commensurate with their qualifications and experience.
When a woman is empowered, you are invariably empowering a whole generation that will benefit from the quality of leadership that is exceptional and unique to women.
” The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as enshrined in SDG (4,5,8,.10) aim for inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting life long learning opportunities for all; Gender equality and empowerment of women and girls; decent work and economic growth; Reducing inequality in the lives of women.
Emphasis should be laid on innovation by enabling women discover themselves, build personal and corporate brands, identity that differentiate them in society making them not only unique and authentic but visible to rise into role of leadership and influential position,” Bala-Usman said.
She said that women were not asking for equality in terms of power with men but earnestly calling for equal opportunities, as females are special gift from the unfathomable unknown and greatly endowed with special qualities.
Bala-Usman said that there was evidence to show that institutions with more women leaders have better performance and achieve higher economic growth.
Mrs Mary Hamman, President WISTA, urged women to come out from their shells, as everything now was computerised, so they could stay in their homes and participate in the industry.
According to her, WISTA did not just grow without evaluation; they have done so much but have to do more because of the many potentials in the maritime industry.
Mr Dakuku Peterside, the Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) urged women to come together as an association to brainstorm on ways to reduce gender gap in the industry.
Peterside, represented by Hajia Jumai Musa, said that truly women are under-represented not only in the maritime industry but everywhere, urging them to work together to put themselves in the picture.
Edited by: Oluwole Sogunle
NPA expects 13 ships with petroleum products, others at Lagos port
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says it is expecting 13 ships laden with petroleum products, food items and other goods from Sept. 19 to Sept. 30.
The NPA made this known in its publication, `Shipping Position’, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Saturday.
According to it, the ships are expected to arrive at the Lagos Port Complex.
The publication said that the ships contained bulk sugar, bulk wheat, petrol, bulk gypsum, bulk salt, general cargo frozen fish and maize.
NPA reports that another set of 12 ships had arrived the ports, waiting to berth with bulk wheat, container, and general cargo.
Also, the organisation said that 19 other ships are at the ports discharging container, bulk wheat, petrol, frozen fish, gypsum, general cargo, butane gas, maize, bulk salt, raw sugar, base oil, and bulk clinker.
Edited By: Constance Imasuen/Donald Ugwu
SDGs: Nigeria to mobilise NYSC members, ICONIC Leaders to champion implementation at grassroots — Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria will engage the services of youth corps members and 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Ambassadors across the country to champion the implementation of SDGs 2030 at the grassroots.
The President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement in Abuja, said Buhari stated this on Friday at the virtual inaugural SDGs Moment, convened by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, during the high-level week of the 75th UN General Assembly.
In his video message to the meeting, the Nigerian leader provided an update on SDGs progress in the country.
He outlined Nigeria’s vision for the next decade in fighting poverty, combating illicit financial flows and ensuring economic recovery amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
”Our National Assembly has established Committees on Sustainable Development Goals.
”The National Youth Service Corps Scheme is also ensuring that Nigerian graduates actively participate in SDGs implementation processes by serving as SDGs champions at the grassroots.
”Going forward, we will invigorate the Goal achievement process at the grassroots by engaging the services of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals Ambassadors we appointed to support our efforts at the national level.
”We will also encourage more sub-national authorities to appoint and train SDGs Champions,” he said.
The president also re-affirmed Nigeria’s commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other Internationally Agreed Development Goals.
Buhari told the meeting that anti-corruption institutions have been strengthened to enable the administration effectively combat illicit financial flows and recover proceeds.
He also acknowledged that the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic had threatened to derail the progress in achieving SDGs.
According to the president, Nigeria is addressing the threat by re-dedicating efforts towards economic diversification, focusing on agriculture and the mining sectors.
”Nigeria has made good strides in SDGs domestication processes, as we have commenced the re-alignment of the National Statistical System with the requirements and indicators of the SDGs.
”We have developed a novel home-grown ‘Integrated Sustainable Development Goals Model, as an analytical framework for assessing how policy making can better address the indivisible nature of the Sustainable Development Goals.
”Nigeria has also set up a Model Private Sector Advisory Group and an SDGs Donors’ Forum with a view to engaging critical stakeholders towards the attainment of the SDGs,” he added.
The president recalled that Nigeria presented its second Voluntary National Review on SDGs to the UN High-Level Political Forum in July 2020.
According to the president, the second Voluntary National Review highlighted the nation efforts to meet SDGs targets on the critical issues of poverty and an inclusive economy; health and well-being; education and gender equality; enabling environment of peace and security; and partnerships.
He noted that these targets were based on current development priorities, as captured in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (2017-2020), as well as the Medium Term National Development Plan (2020-2025).
Buhari also pledged Nigeria’s commitment to mainstreaming the SDGs into subsequent development plans.
While setting out Nigeria’s vision for the Decade of Action, the president pledged that the country will implement unique initiatives such as the re-aligned National Statistical System to effectively track and monitor the implementation of the SDGs on annual basis.
He said other initiatives include the Nigeria Integrated SDG simulation Model to support the domestication of the Planning Model across the 36 states and the Integrated National Financing Frameworks for SDGs.
The president added that government would ensure smooth implementation of the scaled-up National Social Investment Programme to reach more poor and vulnerable Nigerians in line with government’s commitment to lift 100 million people out of Poverty within a 10-year period.
”We will be engaging all segments of the society for the achievement of the SDGs,” the Nigerian leader said.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
Military destroys illegal refineries, recovers stolen crude
The Defence Headquarters says military has intensified its aggressive fight against crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism, bunkering, economic saboteurs and other criminal activities in the country.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, said this while giving weekly update on the operations of Armed Forces of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.
Enenche said that between Sept. 12 and Sept. 17 , the military arrested seven suspected oil thieves, discovered barrels of stolen crude oil and destroyed numbers of illegal refineries in the South- South and South West zones.
According to him, within the period under review, Nigerian Navy Ship PATHFINDER patrol team in the South South located and immobilised an illegal refining site at Mudukiri Creek, Degema Local Government Area of Rivers.
“The site had a metal reservoir laden with an estimated 150,000 litres of illegally refined AGO.
“The team discovered eight metal storage tanks and four dugout pits laden with about 1,289.45 barrels of product suspected to be stolen crude oil,”he said.
He said that Nigerian Navy Ship JUBILEE clearance operation team acting on credible intelligence on a suspected pirates and sea robber’s camp at Otoyo, Akwa-Ibom, raided the camp.
He said that the patrol team with superior power dislodged and deactivated the camp in the area.
“The team recovered one AK 47 rifle with two magazines, two Pump Action Rifles, 20 rounds of 7.62 and 39mm ammunition, one Fishing Gun, one Tecno phone, a bag of hard drugs, one diving face mask and one hand held metal detector.
“ Between Sept. 12 and Sept. 17, Forward Operating Base IBAKA patrol team around Utan Inyata Creek arrested two suspects and two small-sized wooden boats laden with 165 bags of 50kg of foreign parboiled rice suspected to be smuggled from the Republic of Cameroon,”he said.
“The suspects and items are currently in custody and will be handed over to NSCDC Uyo Command for further necessary action,” he said.
He explained that Troops of Operation AWATSE in the South West zone, also intensified the fight against pipeline vandals, economic saboteurs and other criminal elements in the area.
He recalled that the vessel and her crew members were arrested on July 31 for sailing without obtaining requisite documents.
“Troops have continued to dominate the general area with clearance and aggressive patrols while maintaining surveillance to rid the area of pipeline vandals and other economic saboteurs,” he said.
He expressed the Military High Command commendation to all the gallant troops of the Armed Forces and personnel of other security agencies involved in various operations across the country for their commitment, determination and dedication.
He encouraged the troops to remain firm and decisive in curtailing the activities of all criminal elements in the country.
“Members of the general public are hereby assured that the Armed Forces of Nigeria working with other security agencies will continue to tackle the security challenges and will ensure that normalcy is attained in all the geo-political zones of the Country.
He, therefore, solicited for the support of the public in providing credible information to assist the military’s operations,
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Maritime Agencies synergise for safety of waterways, improved transportation
The Maritime agencies in the country on Thursday resolved to ensure security and safety on waterways for improved water transportation through adequate collaboration and synergy.
Dr George Moghalu, Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) disclosed this at the end of the Third Monthly Meeting of Chief Executives of Maritime Agencies in Lokoja.
Moghalu said the Chief Executives of the agencies discussed issues relating to maritime security and safety, capacity building and enforcement of security protocols, to reduce the carnage on the nation’s waterways.
“This is our routine meeting which from the point when we started, is aimed at building synergy by coming together, taking our policies together, to see how we can work together for the benefit of our nation, Nigeria.’’
According to him, the CEOs at the meeting constituted a committee on the multimodal approach to cargo delivery, to enhance seaport and dryport operations.
“We are looking at what we can do to harmonise the operations of all maritime agencies in the country to better the maritime industry, especially in the area of movement of cargo between the waterports.’’
He said that there was a need for effective water transportation in view of the positive impact it would make on the economy, in reducing ports congestion and haulage of heavy duty goods through the roads.
On frequent capsizing of boats and mishaps on the Waterways and safety measures, he noted that only last week, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency/ (NIMASA) organised a “world-class safety and security conference” in the country.
“The Safety issue is not peculiar to our Waterways, we also have security challenges on land but the important thing is that government is conscious of this fact.
“Agencies of government are also conscious of this fact. Gunboats have been acquired, NIMASA is also doing a lot in that direction.’’
Moghalu urged the citizens to play roles expected of them and obey basic rules and regulations laid down by NIWA, as he attributed the incessant boat mishaps to non-compliance by boat riders.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that agencies present at the meeting included NIWA, NIMASA, Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Shippers Council and the Federal Ministry of Transport, among others.
Edited By: Idonije Obakhedo