… As STOAN, MWUN Others Commend Agency
R-L: Executive Director, Maritime Labour & Cabotage, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Gambo Ahmed, Chairman Ports Consultative Council, Otunba Kunle Folarin and the Director, Maritime Labour Services, NIMASA Mr. Ibrahim Jibril, during the National Joint Industrial Council (NJIC) Meeting in Lagos.
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has restated its commitment to the welfare of dock workers in the maritime industry in line with international labour laws
Making the commitment at a meeting of the employers and labour unions in the maritime sector organised by the agency under the aegis of the National Joint Industrial Council (NJIC) in Lagos, Chairman of the NJIC who is also the Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, NIMASA, Mr. Gambo Ahmed noted that the welfare of the dock workers will improve workers’ efficiency at the ports industry and the economy in the long run.
“When the welfare of the dockworkers’ are put into proper perspective, we have a healthy maritime sector, thereby leading to the actualization of a robust economy”, the Chairman stated.
Supporting Ahmed, Director, Maritime Labour Services, NIMASA, Mr. Ibrahim Jibril, said that the new agreement will demonstrate the agency’s commitment, which is in line with the theme of the 107th International Conference held in Geneva, namely, “A future with Decent Work and also building a future for the Dock Labour Industry”.
The Chairman, Ports Consultative Council (PCC), Otunba Kunle Folarin who represented the Seaports Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) commended NIMASA for its role in maintaining the already existing peace in the ports industry and expressed optimism that the negotiation will yield positive results as all parties involved will work as a team and ensure that no dock worker is short-changed.
Other stakeholders at the meeting were the President General of the Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju and the President of the National Association of Stevedoring Companies (NASC), Mr. Bolaji Sunmola who agreed that they will all work together to sustain the peace in the industry.