Maritime Union Commends NIMASA on Workers Welfare
By Udeme Clement
The President General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju has commended the management of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) under the supervision of Dr. Dakuku Peterside for creating a platform for sustained labour stability in the maritime sector.
He gave this commendation when national officers of the Union paid a courtesy visit to NIMAS, in Lagos, saying that since the Agency ensured compliance to the National Judicial Industrial Council (NJIC) agreement there has been no rift in the industry.
According to him, “NIMASA has maintained mutual understanding between workers and terminal operators. The era of picketing is over, we are indeed very grateful to Peterside and his management team for creating stability at our ports, terminals and jetties”.
In his response, Peterside assured Nigerian Maritime workers that the Agency would not shy away from its responsibilities in ensuring that their welfare is guaranteed, as the growth and development of the sector depends on their participation.
NIMASA DG, who further reiterated the Agency’s commitment to meaningful programmes geared towards maritime workers welfare, also called on the Union members to use dialogue in addressing issues and shun confrontation, which he noted to be counterproductive in any engagement or input.
His assertion: “Let me assure you that NIMASA is a home to every maritime worker. From the advent of this Administration, we have noted that you believe in dialogue and not confrontation in dealing with issues as it pertains to our operational relationship. We believe that human element is the greatest asset in our quest to ensure the growth and development of our maritime sector. Without human element our equipment and other resources are useless”.