NIMASA: Jamoh Launches E-Platform To Aid Dockworkers Welfare, Says Seafarers Training Remains A Top Priority

By Stephen Ubanna

 Between July, 2020, and now, Bashir Jamoh, Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency has been much concerned in the training and Certification of Nigerian seafarers.  

Jamoh, who could not hide his feelings had told those that cares to listen that the agency investment in the training of seafarers is deliberate and part of its shipping development agenda. Informed sources told The Value News that the Maritime Regulatory had invested a lot to ensure that the seafarers are well trained and qualified to compete with other seafarers in other parts of the world.

Industry stakeholders believe that Jamoh and his management team, may have picked much interest in the training of the county’s seafarers because  they are the ‘’lifeblood  of shipping and shipping  is not only  an economic operative of Nigerians but also a key part  of the nation’s  economic diversification effort’’.  Given the number of seafarers that had been trained by the agency over the years may have informed why the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, had urged the agency to hasten up the production of biometric identity cards for dockworkers across the nation’s seaports and oil terminals in the Niger Delta region. The Leadership of the Union, was said to have made Jamoh, the NIMASA, Chief Executive Officer, CEO, described as a listening CEO, to understand that the issuance of the biometric indent cads  to the seafarers will ‘’curb crimes at the Lagos port of Apapa, Tincan Island and the south east ports of Onne, Rivers port, PortHarcourt, Delta port, Warri and Calabar port , in Cross river state.

Adewale Adeyanju, Pesident-General, MWUN,  had repeatedly said that  ‘’the incessant  mis-identification  of people  parading themselves at the country’s  seaports  are becoming  an embarrassment  and needed to be solved once and for all with the issuance of the biometric identity cards to Legitimate dockworker.

Recall that  Jamoh, the NIMASA  Director General, had given his words   to flag-off  the issuance of the biometric  identity cards to the legitimate seafarers last January  because all the necessary equipment  needed  for the commencement  of the exercise had procured by the agency.

Barely eight months that the NIMASA boss gave his words to commence issuance of biometric identity cards Legitimate dockworkers, the agency on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, launched the electronic registration platform  for maritime labou  and issuance of biometric identity cards to legitimate dockworkers, actross the nation’s seaports and oil terminal.

Eng. OChei, NIMASA Executive Director, Maritime Labour And Cabotage Services And Two Others During Launch Of Dockworkers And Seafarers Biometric ID Card In Lagos

An elated Jamoh,   who was represented at the launching of  dockworkers electronic registration platform by  Victor Ochei, an Engineer and the agency Executive Director,  Maritime Labour and Cabotage services,  had described  ‘’the platform  as a major step  towards attaining  full automation  of all its processes ‘’.

Given an insider information  of how the seafarers registration platform was conceived b his Administration , he disclosed  that it  a fallout  of the need  ‘’to establish  an independent , robust , integrated  information, verification and communication platform  that would serve  as a system  database generation  on maritime Labour at the nation’s seaports and oil terminals’’.

He state that the  development of automation  processes  for its operations  would benefit the nation’s maritime industry  both in terms of  ‘’time –saving  thereby improving  on service delivery as well as  building capacity  of the nation’s  maritime Labour workforce’’.   

He may have gladdened the heart of the dockworkers at the launching of the electronic platform for registration of seafarers and issuance of biometric identity cards to legitimate dockworkers   when he said that he is particularly  delighted  about the expected elimination of the time consuming  process  of seafarers  and employers registration  which  is what  the  electronic platform  is  expected to provide in the long run.

NIMASA Launches Dockworkers And Seafarers Biometric ID Card

 He was said  to have further stated I his remarks  that the electronic platform  that electronic platform   would ‘’promote  a seamless registration  process that will culminate  with the issuance  of biometric identity cards to seafarers and dockworkers’’.  The NIMASA helmsman   may have taken advantage of the launching of the electronic platform for seafarers , dockworkers registration and issuance of biometric identity cars to legitimate seafarers   to reassure the Leadership of MWUN, that NIMASA,  remained committed  ‘’to building  up capacity  of Nigerian seafarers and dockworkers  in order  to improve  on the standing  of the country’s maritime sector among the Committee  of maritime ‘’.

 Hear him: I wish  to  reiterate the agency ‘s commitment  towards actualising  its mandate  as provided  in it’s ensbling act’’,  noting that that the agency resolve   is ‘’to make life more   meaningful  and to ensure  that nation’s entire maritime sector  remains firm ‘’.He averred that the agency intend to achieve  this  through sustainable  efforts  in capacity building  and improved welfare’’

.For now, , the agency according to informed sources is also prioritizing  ‘’the training  of the country’s seafarers to meet industry needs with emphasis  on specialized  advanced training’’.

Osagie Edward, and Assistant Director and the agency spokesperson   disclosed that Adeyanju, the MWUN, president-General,  who could not his feelingS  had expressed   his ‘’delight  with the automation of   maritime Labour registration  processes  by NIMASA, under the current Leadership of Jamoh, stating  that the agency  had proven  that it  was  indeed committed  to improving standards in  the nation’s maritime sector in terms of  labour practices  and capacity development.

Given the importance of the electronic platform to the registration and issuance of biometric identity cads to Nigerian seafarers and dock workers across the nation’s seaports, Mohammed Bello-Koko, managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA an Emmanuel Jime, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC, at the launching of the platform in Lagos Hameed Ali, a retired Army Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigerian Customs Service, NCS,  and  Commissioner of Police, Apapa port were said to have sent Representatives,to the admiration of the seafarers and dockworkers.

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