Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency has taken steps to domesticate the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 in order to protect Nigerian seafarers.
This was contained in a message delivered by the agency’s Director-General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, in an event to the celebrate Seafarers Day with the theme: “At Sea For All” in Lagos.
According to Peterside who was represented by the Director of Administration and Human Resources, NIMASA, Ibrahim Jubril, the International Labour Organisation in 2006 came up with the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, otherwise known as the Seafarers’ Bill of Right, which Nigeria had ratified.
He noted that the convention offers every seafarer the right to a safe and secured workplace that complies with safety standards as well as the right to fair terms of employment.
Peterside also said that the introduction of National Seafarers Development Programme by the agency came as a result of the dearth of seafarers globally
He disclosed that the programme was established to afford Nigerians adequate training and proper certification to be engaged in seafaring on board vessels irrespective of flag.
Speaking further, the DG said that NSDP, an intervention of government, was a way of making Nigeria a major supplier of seafarers like the Chinese, India and Filipinos in contributing to Nigerian economic growth.
“The Agency is presently inundated with cases of employers refusing to pay seafarers’ salaries and allowances legitimately earned by them.
“Today will be the beginning of better days for seafarers when their employers and other stakeholders will begin to take seriously issues bordering on their safety, welfare, health and working environment.” He said
Similarly, the Director of Maritime Labour Services of NIMASA, Juliana Gunwa, said the convention was a product of the consolidation of over 68 of the old seafarers related Maritime Labour Conventions and recommendation.
She explained that what made the ILO different from MLC was the current …Read More
Source:: Nigerian Pilot