Executive Director, Maritime Labour & Cabotage, Nigerian Maritime
Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Gambo Ahmed, Chairman Ports
Consultative Council, Otunba Kunle Folarin and the Director, Maritime Labour
Services, NIMASA Mr. Ibrahim Jibril, during the National Joint Industrial
Council (NJIC) Meeting in Lagos.
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has restated its
commitment to the welfare of dock workers in the maritime industry as the
Agency organised a meeting of the employers and labour unions in the maritime
sector under the aegis of the National Joint Industrial Council (NJIC) in
Chairman of the NJIC who is also the Executive Director, Maritime Labour and
Cabotage Services, NIMASA Mr. Gambo Ahmed noted that the initiative was with a
view to use the tool of constant engagement to ensure that the dock workers’
get better living conditions in line with International Labour laws.
President, National Association of Stevedoring Companies (NASC), Mr. Bolaji
Sunmola, Executive Director, Maritime Labour & Cabotage, Nigerian Maritime
Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Mr. Gambo Ahmed and Director,
Maritime Labour Services, NIMASA Mr. Ibrahim Jibril during the National Joint
Industrial Council (NJIC) Meeting in Lagos.
urged the operators to bear in mind that the welfare of the dock workers will
impact a lot on the ports industry and also in turn the entire economy, hence
the need to ensure that they are properly catered for. “When the
welfare of the dockworkers’ are put into proper perspective, we have a healthy
maritime sector, thereby leading to the actualization of a robust economy”,
the Chairman stated.
speaking was the Director, Maritime Labour Services, NIMASA, Mr. Ibrahim Jibril
who also corroborated the stance of the Chairman of the NJIC, and said that the
new agreement will demonstrate the Agency’s commitment, which is in line with
the theme of the 107th International Conference held in Geneva
viz; “A future with Decent Work and also building a future for the Dock
also assured them that the Agency has also put in place all necessary
machineries towards ensuring a successful exercise in line with the provisions
of the existing agreement and the demand for its review.
Chairman, Ports Consultative Council (PCC), Otunba Kunle Folarin who
represented the Seaports Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN)
commended NIMASA for its role in maintaining the already existing peace in the
ports industry and expressed optimism that the negotiation will yield positive
results as all parties involved will work as a team and ensure that no dock
worker is short-changed.
stakeholders at the meeting were the President General of the Maritime Workers’
Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju and the President of the
National Association of Stevedoring Companies (NASC), Mr. Bolaji Sunmola who
unanimously agreed that they will all work harmoniously to sustain the peace in
the industry. They also used the opportunity to assure NIMASA of their
NJIC is the body responsible for negotiating and reviewing of minimum standards
for dock labour, which successfully reviewed the last Collective Bargaining
Agreement (CBA) that lapsed on 31st May, 2018. The CBA is
subject to review every two years.
regulation of dock labour minimum standards is the statutory responsibility of
the Agency as enshrined in the Act, Section 27 (1) sub-sect (b) of the NIMASA