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NIMASA not responsible for detained seafarers – Chairman, National Seafarers Welfare Board

As Dakuku Says no
Seafarers, no Shipping

R-L: Executive Director,
Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services of NIMASA, Mr. Gambo Ahmed receiving a report on the
activities of the Seafarers from the Chairman, National Seafarers Welfare Board
of Nigeria, Otunba Kunle Folarin, and Barrister Osuala Nwagbara, when
the Board paid a courtesy visit to the Management of the Agency in Lagos.  

The Chairman of the
National Seafarers Welfare Board of Nigeria (NSWBN), Otunba Kunle Folarin has
stated that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is
not responsible for the detained seafarers, but rather has been of immense support
and assistance in ensuring they have a better living condition in line with
international best practices.

The Chairman, NSWBN who led
other members of the Board on a courtesy visit to the Management of the Agency,
said he thought it necessary to clear the air and exonerate NIMASA from the
news making the rounds about the Agency abandoning seafarers; rather he said
the reverse was the case as the Agency had always ameliorated their
Accordingly, he said, For the records, NIMASA has no obligation for detained seafarers;
rather they have been assisting us, especially in the area of their welfare
Speaking further, he
commended the Agency for taking the centre stage in the Nigerian maritime
sector by ensuring that Nigeria takes its rightful place in the comity of
maritime nations. 

He also called on other Stakeholders in the sector and
Nigerians as a whole to support the quest of President Muhammadu Buhari to
bring about a change to the sector, adding that it will in-turn affect the
growth and development of the Nigerian economy.
Otunba Folarin who is also
the Chairman of the Ports Consultative Council (PCC)  used the opportunity
to call for more support from the Agency regarding the activities and
well-being of the seafarers and pledged the unflinching support of the Board to
the Agency in order to ensure the mandates of the Agency are fully realized.
On his part, the Director
General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside stated that the importance of seaborne
trade cannot be overemphasized as over 90 per cent of goods are transported
through the sea.
The DG who was represented
by the Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, NIMASA, Mr.
Gambo Ahmed, also said that there would be no shipping activity without the
seafarers; hence they are the bedrock to realizing a robust maritime sector.
For us in NIMASA, we are determined to ensure a better living condition
for our seafarers as they are critical to the actualizing of our mandates. The
welfare of the seafarer determines a lot about the growth of any economy and on
our part as an Agency, we will continue to ensure their well-being is topmost
on priority,”
DG said.
He further assured the
delegation that the Agency would continue to partner with them, noting that the
overall goal is to realize a robust a virile economy. 
It would be recalled that the
Dr. Dakuku’s led Management has continued to embrace collaboration as a means
to achieving its mandates. NIMASA is the government Agency whose responsibility
as enshrined in its enabling act, cuts across Maritime Labour activities, which
directly concerns the well-being of the seafarers amongst other
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