NIMASA to Incorporate Revised Seafarers Working Conditions in Act – Dr Jamoh

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NIMASA to Incorporate Revised Seafarers Working Conditions in Act – Dr Jamoh

* As National Joint Industrial Council reviews Seafarer working conditions

The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has stated that a revised working condition for Nigerian Seafarers is a major component of the proposed review of NIMASA Act and the Merchant Shipping Act currently before the National Assembly for consideration.

He stated this during inauguration of the Tripartite National Joint Industrial Council (NJIC) meeting for the review of minimum standards for Nigerian Seafarers being hosted by the Agency.

According to Dr. Jamoh, “The on-going review by the NJIC is timely because it comes at a time when we are in the process of reviewing both the NIMASA Act and the Merchant Shipping Act with the outcomes of the tripartite negotiations by the NJIC to be inputed into both Amendments to ensure that they are binding”.

“The importance of this gathering is determined by the need for adequate compensation, renumeration and workplace conditions for Nigerian Seafarers and for employers of labour, to ensure responsible Conditions of Service guiding Seafarers employment in line with global best practices”, he added.

Recall that NIMASA had previously led negotiations alongside the NJIC, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) and relevant stakeholders to increase dockworkers wages and entitlements through Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) initiative in 2018, which resulted in improved conditions for Nigerian dockworkers.

Also speaking at the event, the Executive Director Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, Engr. Victor Ochei, who also serves as the Chairman of the NJIC, emphasized on the benefits of on-going review for the Nigerian Maritime sector as a whole.

In his words, “Thus far, the regulation of minimum standards of living and working condition of seafarers through the instrument of Collective Bargaining Agreement process has created harmonious working relationship between stakeholders, seafarer employers and workers in the nation’s maritime labour sector”.

“A review of Collective Bargaining Agreement is needed for improved wages and living standards for Seafarers operating in Nigeria’s territorial waters, who undoubtedly are an integral part of the maritime sector”, he added.

L-R: Mallam Baba Musa, Nigerian Shippers’ Council; Engr Bob Yousuo, Nigerian Merchant Navy; Comrade Adeyanju Adewale, President general Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria; Dr Bashir Jamoh, Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA; Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services NIMASA, Rt. Hon. Victor Ochei; Mr Ayo Ohiwereh ,Agreement Maritime Operation and Head, Maritime Labour Services NIMASA, Aliyu Lawan during the inauguration of the Tripartite National Joint Industrial Council (NJIC) meeting for the review of minimum standards for Nigerian Seafarers held in Lagos.

 

 

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