…As Agency hosts maiden Day Of The Dockworker event
It was a milestone event for the local maritime industry as the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA hosted the maiden edition of the ‘Day of the Dockworker’ in Lagos recently.
With the theme of the event being “Healthy Dockworker, Better Productivity”, it was an opportunity for stakeholders gathered to not just appreciate the efforts of Nigerian dockworkers at the center of the nation’s import-dependent economy, but also to focus on ways of improving their health and general well – being.
Delivering his welcome address at the event, the NIMASA Director General, Dr. Bashir Jamoh OFR, charged employers of labor to ensure all dockworkers are enrolled on contributory pension schemes, while also emphasizing the need for operators of Oil and Gas Terminals to allow only approved stevedores aboard their installations, to ensure compliance with relevant international guidelines and conventions.
According to Dr. Jamoh, “As we celebrate today, it is important to put in perspective the plight of dockworkers who spend the greater part of their working life at the ports, with little or nothing to show for it. As employers of labour, you must endeavour to put in place a Contributory Pension Scheme for dockworkers and ensure prompt remittances of both Employers and Employees contributions at the end of each month.”
Speaking on compliance with stevedore inspections, he stated, “This occasion presents me with an opportunity to express the need for operators in the private jetties and Oil & Gas Terminals to grant operational access to the Stevedoring Contractors appointed by the Honorable Minister of Transport, to carry out stevedoring activities in assigned operational areas.”
On his part, the President General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, in his address, thanked the NIMASA Management for organizing the event to celebrate Nigerian dockworkers in recognition of the important role played by them.
In attendance at the event were representatives from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity; Nigerian Ports Authority; Seaport Terminal Operators Association and the National Association of Stevedoring Operators, NASA.
Internationally, July 7th is marked as ‘The Global Day of Action’ and is organized by the International Dockworkers’ Council, IDC and International Transport Workers’ Federation, ITF. It aims to raise awareness of port working conditions and emphasize the importance of collective bargaining rights.
Photo: R-L: Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh OFR; Port Manager, Apapa Port, Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Charles Okaga; President General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju; and Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services NIMASA, Engr.. Victor Ochei during the 2023 Day of the Dockworker Celebration in Lagos.
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