Workers’ Day: Nigerian seafarers bemoan slave-like treatment
Bob Youssou, the National President of the Nigerian Merchant Navy Officers and Water Transport Senior Staff Association has described the treatment of seafarers by their employers, ship owners and manning agents as slavery arrangements.
MrYousou, made this known in his Workers’ Day celebration speech, made available to reporters on Sunday in Lagos.
He decried late payments of salaries to Nigerian seafarers despite prompt payment to their foreign counterparts in Nigeria’s territorial waters.
“The average Nigerian worker’s standard of living is poor and the non-existence of Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for seafarers in most of the shipping companies is discouraging.
“As part of efforts at reducing foreign dominance in the nation’s maritime sector, the Federal Government should promote local content and the Cabotage Act,” he said.
He charged the government to checkmate the influx of foreign seafarers into the maritime space of the country, adding that the lack of enforcement of the Cabotage Act had led to unemployment among Nigerian seafarers.
The National President, however, promised that the union would continue to support the policies of the government for efficiency in the sector.
While congratulating seafarers on the occasion of Workers Day, Mr Yousou appealed to them that there was still hope for the development of the country, irrespective of the present state of insecurity.
His words, “We must be united to fight our common enemies, the slave master of our time.
“We, as an International Transport Workers’ Federation ( ITF) affiliate, will use this opportunity to request that the Federal Government of Nigeria considers floating a national carrier.
“With a national carrier, cadets can have sea time training, carry Nigeria cargoes, thereby reducing capital freight, reduce unemployment, as well as the pride of the nation, as the maritime hub in West Africa.”
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“Rt. Hon. (Barr.) Legor Idagbo – Chairman ii. Hon. Henry Nwawuba – Member iii. | Mrs. Kehinde Bolade Olaiya – Committee Clerk.
President Tinubu appoints Gbajabiamila Chief of Staff
An authoritative source in the Presidency confirmed the development on Thursday.
The source said the president finally made the decision after wide consultations on the contending candidates.
Gbajabiamila has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2012 and has just been re-elected to the House in the last elections.
The choice of Gbajabiamila by the president is not a surprise to many political pundits as he has been a very close ally to the president.
They are part of the brains behind the formation of the All-Progressives Party (APC).
He will now have to forgo his seat in the House of Representatives if he accepts the appointment.
Olufemi Hakeem Gbajabiamila CFR, is a Nigerian lawyer and foundation member of the APC.
He has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2019.
Gbajabiamila was born in Lagos in 1962 and attended Igbobi College for his secondary education and the University of Lagos as part of his education.
He is married to Salamatu Gbajabiamila.
Maritime media, NUJ mourn as Ray Ugochukwu passes on to glory
“The death of Ray came as a big shock to the union.
“We are going to miss his courageous attributes and mentorship.
“He was also one of the pillars of the Lagos Council of NUJ and served the union meritoriously in his capacities as the Chairman of, the Seminar Committee; and as a Member, the Committee on Milestone Recognition of Media Icons In Nigeria.
“He spent most of his life in ensuring the advancement of Maritime Reporting as well as the welfare of Journalists.
“He worked in several media houses.
“Among his giant strides, he was a former President of the Maritime Reporters’ Association of Nigeria (MARAN); President, Maritime Journalists Association of Nigeria (MAJAN); and a former Chairman of the Daily Times Chapel of NUJ.
“The legacies of Ray are indelible and will exist forever.
“May God grant his soul eternal rest” the Lagos NUJ said in a statement signed by Leye Ajayi, the Council Chairman and Tunde Olalere, the Council Secretary.
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