NIMASA Unveils Updated Minimum Wage Document For Seafarers

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L-R: The vice chairperson, ENL Consortium, Dr. Vicky Haastrup; former director general, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr. Ade Dosunmu; Director-general, NIMASA Dr. Dayo Mobereola; Executive director, finance and administration, Chudi Offodile; Executive director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, Mr. Jibril Abba and Former director-general, National Maritime Authority, Arch. Ferdinand Agu during the launch of the reviewed minimum wage document for Nigerian Seafarers in Lagos.

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has introduced the revised minimum wage document for Nigerian seafarers, developed in accordance with the Maritime Labour Convention MLC 2006, in Lagos.

The document, covering 2023-2025, is a result of a collective bargaining agreement involving employers in the maritime sector, the leadership of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), NIMASA and other industry stakeholders.

During the event, the agency’s director-general, Dr. Dayo Mobereola highlighted the significance of this updated document in improving the working conditions of seafarers.

Mobereola stated, “Today, we come together to commemorate a significant milestone in our joint efforts to enhance the seafaring sector. I am pleased to introduce the revised minimum standard for the seafaring industry; a pivotal document setting the standard for fair and safe working conditions, decent wages and social protection for our seafarers.”

He also stressed the importance of cooperation and prompt action in finalising the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) among Ship Owners, Nigerian Trawlers Operators, Nigerian Merchant Navy Officers and Water Transport Senior Staff Association (NMNO/WTSSA) and MWUN on the updated minimum standards for Nigerian seafarers, to avoid payment delays and ensure timely compensation for employees.

He added, “The updated standard offers a comprehensive framework outlining the terms and conditions of employment for maritime workers, covering wages, working hours, health and safety regulations, and other perks. This demonstrates the combined expertise and contributions of stakeholders and our shared dedication to continuous enhancement. This endeavour will help maintain a just and thriving maritime labour sector.”

The chairman of the National Seafarers Welfare Board, Alhaji Tijani Ramalan who unveiled the document, underscored the importance of complying with the provisions of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006, noting that it will not only promote industrial peace but also ensure improved working conditions for Nigerian seafarers.

The launch event concluded with a plea for all stakeholders in the maritime sector to work together in upholding these minimum standards and shaping a brighter future for seafarers, the industry and the country.

Oluchi Okorafor
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