NIMASA DG advocates contributory pension for dockworkers
…As agency hosts maiden ‘day of the dockworker’ event
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA),Dr. Bashir Jamoh OFR, has charged employers of labor to ensure all dockworkers are enrolled on contributory pension schemes.
He also emphasized the need for operators of Oil and Gas Terminals to allow only approved stevedores aboard their installations, to ensure compliance with relevant international guidelines and conventions.
Jamoh made the call on Thursday while delivering his welcome address at a maiden ‘Day of the Dockworker’ hosted in Lagos by NIMASA.
He said: “As we celebrate today, it is important to put in perspective the plight of dockworkers who spend the greater part of their working life at the ports, with little or nothing to show for it. As employers of labour, you must endeavour to put in place a Contributory Pension Scheme for dockworkers and ensure prompt remittances of both Employers and Employees contributions at the end of each month.”
The event themed “Healthy Dockworker, Better Productivity,” created an opportunity for stakeholders gathered appreciate the efforts of Nigerian dockworkers at the center of the nation’s import-dependent economy as well as to focus on ways of improving their health and general well – being.
Speaking on compliance with stevedore inspections, he stated, “This occasion presents me with an opportunity to express the need for operators in the private jetties and Oil & Gas Terminals to grant operational access to the Stevedoring Contractors appointed by the Honorable Minister of Transport, to carry out stevedoring activities in assigned operational areas.”
In his address, President General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, thanked the NIMASA Management for organising the event to celebrate Nigerian dockworkers in recognition of the important role played by them.
In attendance at the event were representatives from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity; Nigerian Ports Authority; Seaport Terminal Operators Association and the National Association of Stevedoring Operators (NASA).
Internationally, July 7th is marked as ‘The Global Day of Action’ and is organized by the International Dockworkers’ Council (IDC) and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF). It aims to raise awareness of port working conditions and emphasize the importance of collective bargaining rights.