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Dakuku Commends ILO for amendments to Laws on Seafarers’ welfare

The Minister of
Labour Dr. Chris Ngige flanked on the Left by the DG NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku
Peterside and Executive Director Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, Mr.
Gambo Ahmed and other stakeholders at the  ongoing 107th session of
the International Labour Conference in Geneva Switzerland.

pushes laws to safeguard sea crime victims
The Director
General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr
Dakuku Peterside has commended member states of the International Labour
Organisation (ILO), Shipowners and representatives of seafarers for taking
cognisance of welfare of Seafarers in the amendments to the MLC 2006

Dr. Dakuku
who spoke at the sidelines of ongoing 107th session of the International Labour
Conference taking place in Geneva Switzerland where majority of the member states
and stakeholders in the maritime sector overwhelmingly voted
for  amendments to the convention with special attention to seafarers
welfare said that the development would encourage professionalism in the
He stated
that with these amendments seafarers would no longer forfeit their remuneration
in the event of their being kidnapped or captured by pirates or sea robbers
during the course of their duty adding that the amendment is very relevant to
areas still prone to sea robbery, kidnapping and piracy.

According to him “with the recent amendment, each member shall require
that a seafarer’s employment agreement shall continue to have effect while a
seafarer is held captive on or off the ship as a result of acts of piracy or
armed robbery against ships, regardless of whether the date fixed for its
expiry has passed or either party has given notice to suspend or terminate it.”

Speaking further, The NIMASA DG noted that another important clause of the
amendment has to do with  the area where a seafarer is held captive on or
off the ship as a result of acts of piracy or armed robbery against ships,
wages and other entitlements under the seafarers’ employment agreement in line
with relevant collective bargaining agreement or applicable national laws, including
the remittance of any allotments as provided , shall continue to be paid during
the entire period of captivity and until the seafarer is released and duly
repatriated in accordance with  set standard.
He further
added that in case of death of the seafarer while in captivity, the amendments
also ensured the applicability of the law until the date of death as determined
in accordance with applicable national laws or regulations. 
Dakuku noted
that these amendments would go a long way in protecting the interest of
seafarers in situations outside their control. He assured Stakeholders
especially seafarers of renewed vigor on the part of NIMASA as regulator in
enforcement of these provisions of the MLC 2006 as amended.
speaking at the event, the Minister of Labour Dr Chris Ngige said Nigeria has
recorded tremendous progress in protecting the rights of workers especially in
the maritime sector where a lot of strides had been made.
It would be
recalled that at the beginning of the session, Dr. Dakuku had charged
stakeholders and industry players to consider Geopolitical peculiarities while
reviewing the MLC 2006 Convention and these amendments are seen to conform to
his suggestions.

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