By Godfrey Bivbere
Minister of Transport, Ibrahim Isa Bio has decried the inadequate exploitation of the enormous potentials in the maritime sector, noting that the sector serve as a veritable source of revenue and employment for the countryâ€™s army of unemployed youths.
The Minister stated this when members of the Womenâ€™s International Shipping and Trade Association (WISTA) paid him a courtesy call in his office recently.
The Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Edugie Abebe, noted that the Ministry appreciates the purpose of their coming, which was to promote the growth and development of women in shipping and trade in Nigeria.
A press statement signed by the Chief Information Officer in charge of press for the ministry, Abiodun Oladunjoye, pointed out that the Minister said that though the sector is presently dominated by the men, he enjoined the women to take advantage of the opportunities made available through the Cabotage administration to further make inroads into the maritime sector.
Earlier, the President of the Association, Mrs. Ify Akerele stated that the organisation has its origin in England in 1974 while the Nigerian arm was incorporated in 1994.Â She solicited for the support of the ministry as the Association hosts the Premier Regional Conference coming up in May this year.
She asked the Minister to further appoint qualified women into boards, committees, special study groups and as heads of Parastatals and advisory bodies as a way of further supporting women. She similarly asked for support for the training of women in the maritime industry.Bio assured the women of his support and indeed the support of the ministry.