The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has restated the Agency’s commitment toward ensuring dockworkers’ welfare gets the needed attention always.
The DG made this commitment when the leadership of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) led by the President General, Comrade Anthony Nted paid courtesy visit to the Agency’s Headquarters in Lagos, recently.
The NIMASA boss said that maritime workers are very important to the development of the maritime sector and by extension the Nigerian economy, and that the workers’ welfare issues must always be given attention.
He commended the leadership of MWUN for the role played in the past in maintaining industrial peace in the sector, stating that the impact of a crisis- ridden maritime sector on the Nigerian economy can better be imagined.
The DG said that Maritime Workers are the Agency’s strategic partners, and that NIMASA will ensure the training of dockworkers as well as create an enabling environment for them to work.
“We consider maritime workers our strategic partners whose input, support and dedication we cherish. Our role therefore is to ensure that they work under the right conditions that are in line with the ILO and IMO instruments”, the DG said.
Peterside also said that the process of Dockworkers registration and issuance of biometric identity cards was on-going.
According to the DG, “We have already initiated the process of the issuance of biometric identity cards for Dockworkers as part of our automation process in line with our digital transformation strategy.”
In his response, the President General of MWUN commended NIMASA’s Management for its new drive of ensuring a stakeholders’ driven maritime sector.
He advised the management of the Agency to pay more attention to training of dockworkers and their welfare.
Comrade Nted also observed that there is a need to revisit the pooling system of dockworkers which was very effective in the monitoring of activities of the maritime workers in the Ports and on board vessels by relevant Agencies.
It would be recalled that NIMASA recently mediated in the dispute between the dockworkers and the operators of the ENL terminal, in order to ensure continued protection of the workers’ interests, and ensure maintenance of industrial harmony in the maritime industry.