The Minister of state, Transportation in Nigeria FMoT, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, has commended the initiative of the Female Drivers Association of Nigeria (FEDAN), for coming up with a seminar on digitalisation which indicates that women are beginning to take their place as major drivers in the Development of the Nigerian Economy and the World at large.
The minister who was represented by the Director of Transport Planning and Coordination Department, Mrs M. O. Ilori said this at the event held at Abuja on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.
She said the theme aligns with the current realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. “You will all agree with me that Digitalisation is now considered as the ‘new normal’. This has become necessary since the convergence of persons is a vector for easy spread of the disease, therefore social distancing and observance of other safety precautions are globally adopted for curtailing the spread of the Virus. This reality has led to a massive switch to Digitalisation for the smooth running of Government and Private Businesses Worldwide.
” You can achieve whatever you set out to achieve as a woman. Note that, some of the well organised and politically stable and economically countries today are led by women.” she expressed.
The minister advised all participants to make ample opportunity of the knowledge being shared and be assured that the Federal Ministry of Transportation is still committed to ensuring safe, secured, efficient and convenient transportation system in line with Global best practises.
Speaking earlier the President of FEDAN, Ambassador Eunice Odeghe said the Covid-19 era has changed the world and the society is evolving with the “new normal” way of doing things. She encouraged members to keep updating themselves with relevant knowledge and skills to meet up with the demand and challenges of our the present circumstance.
“Covid- 19 has brought a lot challenges and uncertainty in our lives and occupation. FEDAN has therefore come up with this event Titled: “Digitalization: A condition precedent to Africa’s security & security Economic Growth” to equip us in the driving profession” she said.
FEDAN is also seeking for partnership in funding for commercial drivers who may need it, she said.
Highlights of the event were awards given to Dr Anthonia Ekpa, Director of Road Transport Administration and Mass Transit Operation at the FMoT and a Permanent Secretary Designate who received award for Diligence among other numerous accolades; Dr Fatal Aliyu the resources person who also supported the FEDAN event and two members of FEDAN for competence.