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FG Committed To Seafarers Welfare – NIMASA

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Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) last Tuesday described the ratification of Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), as a demonstration of Nigeria’s commitment to the welfare of its seafarers.
The agency’s Director-General, Mr Patrick Akpobolokemi, made the assertion at a special session with shipowners, seafarers, employers and manning agents on MLC 2006 in Lagos.
MLC 2006 which was ratified on June 18, 2013 will be fully implemented from June 18 in Nigeria.
He said the country would benefit in the area of technical support and training from International Labour Organisation (ILO).
“It is through the support of ILO that 25 NIMASA labour inspectors were trained; we will also benefit through technical cooperation with other ILO members,” he said.
Akpobolokemi said the session was part of the process to actualise the plans to create conducive working condition for seafarers and for them to know their rights and obligations.
He said that NIMASA has facilitated the training of over 700 seafarers on the Standard Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) to enable them update their mandatory certification.
He urged stakeholders in the industry to facilitate the achievement of the MLC objectives so that Nigerian seafarers would be placed on Nigerian and foreign flagged vessels.
Akpobolokemi was represented by Mr Haruna Joro, Director, Finance and Administration, in NIMASA.
Also, Mrs Teresa Braima, Director, Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, said that when the convention had been ratified, it would become binding.
“There are things we will not benefit from if we do not implement our convention; the ILO will monitor us to ensure we are doing the right thing,” Braima said.
She said that the various employers and workers’ organisation were responsible in the implementation of the laws and not NIMASA.
She urged NIMASA to ensure that information by employers and workers’ organisations were correct so that the image of the country would be protected.
Braima advised the workers to know their obligations because the ILO helps countries in legislation and practice to bring them in line with the obligation under ratified instruments.

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Illegal Migration: NIS, NIWA Move To Strengthen Partnership

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Following the spate of illegal migration into the country by migrants, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) have concluded plans to strengthen their partnership to curb illegal migration through the Lagos State waterways.
The plan to deepen partnership was discussed when the new Comptroller of Immigration Service in charge of Lagos Seaports and Marine Command, CIS Joseph Dada, visited the NIWA, Lagos Area Manager, Mrs Sarat Braimah in Lagos.
Speaking at the visit, Dada said the service would fare better in achieving its mandate with a strategic partnership with the waterways regulator.
“We have some challenges on the waterways, even though we do patrols. Collaborating with NIWA will guarantee stronger waterway operations.
“We are not saying people shouldn’t migrate or ‘japa’ from Nigeria. Migration is part of life and people have a right to seek greener pastures.
“However, they must do it the right way. They have to get their passports, visas and travel through the appropriate channels”, he said.
Dada lamented that several Nigerian ladies are victims of human trafficking for prostitution usually disguised as job offers for care workers abroad.
Also Speaking, Managing Director, NIWA, Mrs Sarat Braimah, welcomed the idea of strategic collaboration with the NIS, stressing that both agencies are working for the common good of Nigeria and its citizens.
“We expect this collaboration to prohibit illegal migration. Migration is part of life and as you observed earlier, it fosters tourism, culture and development.
“Nonetheless, we will assist the NIS in achieving their objective, which is that people shouldn’t migrate illegally.
“A lot of passengers board ferries from Marina jetty to Badagry and Port Novo. We don’t know their final destination or verify their identity; but we’re open to NIS partnership to carry out migration checks”, she said.
She noted that NIWA could train immigration officials on how to go onboard vessels safely, and also provide boats, lifejackets, among other equipment, when the Immigration make such requests.

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NPA To Generate N629bn Revenue In 2024 -MD

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The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says the authority will generate N629.89 billion in 2024.
NPA is also seeking for N200 billion loan from Afrexim Bank for ports development.
Managing Director, NPA, Mr Mohammed Bello-Koko, stated this while defending the 2024 budget before the House of Representatives Committee on Ports and Harbours in Abuja.
He said the United Kingdom Export Finance (UKEF) was also listed as one of the financial institutions from which to source the loan.
Koko said the total projected expenditure was N464.32 billion, while the operating expenses were projected at N212.03 billion and the capital expenditure stood at N252.29 billion.
“Part of the main trust of the 2024 budget is the urgent need to rehabilitate, reconstruct and moderate the dilapidated port infrastructure facilities”, he stated.
The Managing Director said defects in the facilities were hampering efficiency and productivity in the ports, saying that the defects include the quay walls and the replacement of old gravity walls.
According to him, another is need for rehabilitation of Escravos breakwaters.
“This is aimed at improving port efficiency and increasing cargo traffic through investment funding from the financiers, UKEF and Afrexim”, he said.
Earlier, Chairman of the committee, Nnolin Nnaji, said the agency is very dear to the country, hence the need for the committee to visit some of the facilities outside Lagos.
“We need to see those things you are telling us. The House of Representatives is very serious about budget defence, while they do screening on the other side, budget defence is here”, he said.
He commended the Managing Director for the budget presentation, saying that he believed in the subsequent budget
“We accept this budget, and we will move further with it”, he assured.
The lawmaker also said the drainage channels were full of wreckages and expressed concern over lack of information on wreckage removal.
Nnaji noted that as long as the NPA avoided the wreckage, it will keep occurring because of the abandoned ships facilities.

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COWA Distributes Food Items To Members In Abuja

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In a bid to cushion the hardship and hunger faced by ordinary Nigerians, the Customs Officer’s’ Wives Association (COWA) has distributed food items to its members in Karu Customs Barracks, Abuja.
National President, COWA, Mrs. Kikelomo Adeniyi, who flagged off the exercise, said the distribution of the food items was part of COWA’s plans to ease life for its members.
“This is not the first time COWA is conducting this initiative of distributing food items to the members and non-members of the association, and we decided to distribute these items considering the season of Ramadan.
“Everything we are doing now is for you. Please register so we can make provision for all of you. This will help us keep proper data of everyone and we will continue doing this subsequently to alleviate the situation”, Adeniyi said.
She further said food items were also being distributed to COWA members across all Customs formations in the country.

Some of the food items distributed include rice, spaghetti, noodles and cooking oil.

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