Seafarers Welfare: Peterside Commends ILO For Amending Law

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…As ILO 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 Convention.
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 sector.
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.
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.
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 will 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.
The DG NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside responding to journalists
at the  ongoing 107th session of the International Labour Conference in
Geneva Switzerland while the Executive Director Maritime Labour and
Cabotage Services, Mr. Gambo Ahmed looks on.
Also 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 with his suggestions.
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