NIMASA, MWUN partner to build Seafarers Recreational Centre in Nigeria

By: Joy Enamuna

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).

The Head ITF Seafarers Trust Fund, Katie Higginbottom, announced this during a meeting with the Honourable Minister of Marine and Blue Economy Adegboyega Oyetola CON, in Lagos over the weekend.

She equally 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 so far.

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” she said.

The Honourable Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, CON, in his speech 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.

The Minister further stated that “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. 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”.

“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.”

The DG NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh who 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.

While reassuring them the project will succeed, he said “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, “I can assure you that NIMASA will meet its obligations”. He said.

The President General of MWUN Comrade Adeyanju noted that the quest to better the lot of Seafarers informed their decision to seek funding from the United Kingdom based ITF. “ The DG NIMASA approached me some time ago challenging us to do something for seafarers. We took up the challenge, but considering the current financial situation in the country, we sought a grant from ITF. We are very happy with NIMASA for all they have been doing” He said.

The International Transport Workers Federation UK which has the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN as one of her affiliates, approved a grant to partly fund the building of a Seafarers Recreation Center in Nigeria. When completed, the Seafarers Recreational Center will serve as a rallying point for in-country and Regional Seafarers and those onboard vessels during port calls, who desire to disembark and savor the warmth of Nigerians.

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