By YUSUF BABALOLA, Lagos
The director general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has averred that there can be no maritime sector without the seafarers.
The director general who spoke while joining the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day of the Seafarer during a joint visit to the Apapa port in Lagos with members of the National Seafarers Welfare Board stated that seafarers are indispensable in realizing a virile maritime sector globally.
In a press statement made available to LEADERSHIP by the deputy director, public relations, Isichei Osamgbi, Peterside assured the Seafarers of the Agency’s unflinching support to the welfare of seafarers in line with a Decent Work Agenda and the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006.
“Let me assure you of our commitment to a better condition of living for the seafarers and our resolve to continue to engage in human capacity development, so that you can also compete favourably with your counterparts internationally. Your challenges are our challenges just as your successes are our successes; we are together in the Voyage of steering the ship of the Nigerian maritime sector to greater heights in line with global best practices,” Peterside assured.
The DG who was represented by the head, corporate communications of the agency, Mr. Isichei Osamgbi also used the opportunity to call on Stakeholders and maritime labour employers to ensure that the welfare of seafarers is topmost in their priority.
Speaking further, Peterside called on relevant partners in maritime industry to join hands in implementing all instruments relating to the welfare of seafarers in line with global best practices, especially to ensure achievement of the Federal Government’s policy on “Ease of Doing business” in the country.
This year’s event with its theme “Seafarers Matter” is aimed at demonstrating the importance of the seafaring profession to the growth and development of the maritime sector globally and to mark the day in Nigeria, NIMASA visited seafarers on-board some vessels; MV Baltic Panther, Africa Glory, Golden Eagle, and Asia Pearl VII amongst others, where they were received by their respective Masters and Captains.
The Seafarers thanked the Agency for aligning with the international maritime community to mark the day; and for coming to felicitate with them.