Seafarers Welfare: NIMASA, MWUN Partner ITF-UK for Infrastructural Development.

...We will ensure grant is judiciously utilized- Oyetola.

President General, MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju; Executive Director Operations,NIMASA, Engr. Fatai Adeyemi; Director General, NIMASA, Jamoh Bashir, Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, Head of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) Seafarers Trust, Katie Higginbottom; ITF’s Francophone Coordinator, Bayla Sow; ITF Seafarers’ Trust, Grant Manager, Luca Tommasi and Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, NIMASA, Jibril Abba during a meeting with the Honourable Minister in Lagos.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation UK has approved a grant to Nigeria through the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), to build a Seafarers Recreation Centre in partnership with the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA.

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The Head ITF Seafarers Trust Fund, Katie Higginbottom, who announced this during a meeting with the Honourable Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Gboyega Oyetola in Lagos over the weekend, noted that the grant was approved after a thorough assessment of Nigeria’s suitability. In her brief to the Honourable Minister, she commended MWUN and NIMASA for their commitment to Seafarers wellbeing.

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According to Higginbottom, “The center will serve not only Nigerian seafarers but also others in the West African region and beyond”. We have absolute faith and trust in the  Comrade Adeyanju led MWUN and we are very pleased with Dr Jamoh and his team at NIMASA for their enthusiasm towards Seafarers welfare.

MWUN has built up their credibility within the ITF family and we are pleased to partner them and NIMASA on this project.

The grant approval process endured three years of rigorous assessment and we are satisfied that it is safe to invest in the Nigerian maritime industry. Our visit to Nigeria is for site inspection so the project can commence”. Higginbottom said.

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The Honourable Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, CON, appreciated the ITF for trusting Nigeria with Direct  Foreign Fund.

Investment in the country with an assurance that it will be judiciously utilized and the Ministry will ensure NIMASA fulfils her own obligations to the project.

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According to him “Seafarers are the real drivers of the maritime industry. They sacrifice a lot for human existence, spending most of their time away from family and onboard vessels.

So creating this opportunity for social interaction is encouraging and commendable.  I commend your decision to personally come to Nigeria and see things for yourself.

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It shows that you are committed to the project. To ensure judicious use of your grant, I want to assure you that the Nigerian government will ensure the project is completed in record time.

The fact that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR, established a standalone Ministry for the maritime industry shows Nigeria’s commitment to make the country a major maritime nation. I want to assure you that the grant will be put to use as expected.

The Federal Government through our Ministry will closely monitor the project. I commend the DG NIMASA, Dr Jamoh and the MWUN President General Comrade Adeyanju for their vision and effort.”

On his part, the DG NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, restated the commitment of the Agency, under the supervision of the Ministry, to continuously invest in the well-being of Seafarers. “We at NIMASA welcome this project wholeheartedly.

“We consider this project a major infrastructural capital development for seafarers welfare, hence we keyed into it. It will go a long way in improving the mental health of seafarers and assist their social integration having spent much of their time out there on the Seas.

“I am pleased that our challenge to MWUN some years ago is bearing positive fruits. This is a result of the constant engagement sessions we always have with Comrade Adeyanju, who believes in dialogue.” Since our Minister has sanctioned this project,

Joshua Okoria

Joshua Okoria is a Lagos based multi-skilled journalist covering the maritime industry. His ICT and graphic design skills makes him a resourceful person in any modern newsroom. He read mass communication at the Olabisi Onabanjo University and has sharpened his knowledge in media practice from several other short courses. 07030562600,

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