Seafarers Boss Wants Domestication Of Maritime Labour Convention


The Chairman, Na
tional Seafarers Welfare Board, Chief Kunle Folarin, has urged  the Federal Government to ensure that the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 “is domesticated”.
Folarin made the plea in an interview with newsmen in Lagos  during the activities to mark the Seafarers Day usually observed on June 25.
He, however, expressed regret, that the National Assembly had not domesticated the convention.
According to Folarin, the ILO, MLC 2006 Convention is clear about the provision of welfare of seafarers both on-shore and off-shore
“Ship owners and government must provide on-shore and off-shore welfare facilities for seafarers.
“ One of the pillars of the provisions is that the Nigerian government must ratify the MLC Convention which the government had done, adding that “the National Assembly must domesticate the MLC Convention into law,”
He suggested that there should be provision of employment for seafarers based on availability of vessels.
Folarin, who is also the Chairman, Port Consultative Council (PCC) however, expressed concern that Nigeria had not met the provision of double hull vessels specified by the IMO, adding that NIMASA said single haul vessels will continue regretted sail until 2020”, but  that the IMO had outlawed single hull vessels since 2015.
He urged the Federal Government to expedite action on provision of double haul vessels for indigenous ship owners.