Seafarers’ Improved Welfare,  Key To Survival Of Global Maritime Economy, Humanity- Jamoh

By Stephen Ubanna

Not may are surprised that between March, 2020 and now, Bashir Jamoh, OFR, Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, and his Management team have continued to develop training   preprogrammes Workshops, and initiate policies to I prove the quality of training  and Certification  as well as remuneration  for the country’s Seafarers.

An insider told The Value News that from the onset, the NIMASA Director General had made it clear to the Seafarers   that there was no cause for them to worry any longer as there are policies in the pipeline   to improve the quality of their training and the Certificates given to them that would make them to compete favourably with the foreign Seafarers in other maritime nations.

He was said to have made them to understand that that the agency has taken steps to standardise the curriculum of its training institutions in line with international standards and organising training workshops to further expose them to the nitty gritty of the job by getting experts to speak to them.  

Only recently, the agency had organised an enlightenment workshop for the seafarers and other industry stakeholders in Lagos, the nation’s Commercial nerve centre on ‘’Seafarers Medical Certification   and other  related  issues  concerning  the health of  the local Seafarers’’.

Jamoh, the NIMASA, Chief Executive Officer, CEO, who was said to have been represented at the event by  one Hamisu Gambo,  Head, Administration   and Human Resources Department, had  made  the participants to understand that ‘’the safety  of seafarers lay at  heart  of  an efficient  and productive  maritime sector  in  the global economy.

 He was emphatic that ‘’ the safety  and well-being  of seafarers   is paramount  in ensuring   the smooth operations   and success of the  country’s maritime industry  and other maritime nations’’.   It was not surprising why he had said that   that ‘’the ability to maintain high  medical standards  and

certifications is not only   a legal requirement but crucial to safeguarding the lives of those who dedicate their seafarers to sea’’.

Gambo,  the NIMASA , Head of Administration and Human Resources  Department , may have  spoken mind the mind of the  agency CEO, when he disclosed that the event    had been organised  ‘’to ensure  that shipowners , both local the indigenous and foreign,  Worker Unions, Employers of Labour  and other industry stakeholders  were well informed  on the issue of the seafarers’ medical certification’’.

Hear him: this Workshop   has been meticulously curated  to address  the pressing  concerns faced by rejection  of the medical certificates  issued  to  the Nigerian Seafarers by  some Organisations   and to equip all  with the knowledge  and tools  needed  to mee  the stringent   medical requirements  set forth  by international maritime  authorities. He may have alluded to the international maritime Organisation, IMO, a  United Nations, UN, maritime agency under the close watch of Kitack  Lim and who is expected  to be replace by  Arsenio Dominguez of the North American country of Panama on January  1, 2024.

 A statement issued by  Edward Osagie, an Assistant Director, and the maritime regulatory  agency spokesperson had confirmed that  some of the topics  discussed  at the  all-important  seafarers Workshop  included  a Comprehensive  Overview   of the Medical Fitness,  Standards  and Guidelines , Updates  on the Latest  Medical Advancements and Understandings  of the Medical  Examination  Process for seafarers which was very revealing.  Edward, the NIMASA, spokesperson, had said also that at  the Workshop  ‘’medical screening  forms,  plagues  and certificates  were freely   distributed to the  approved medical  doctors  to aid their screening  of the seafarers’’.

 Osagie, the NIMASA, Image maker, who could not hide his feelings had said that the screening forms which were distributed to the approved doctors for the screening of the seafarers should serve as an opportunity for ‘’networking among the medical personnel and the maritime PR actioners’.

The importance attached to the Seafarers towards the development of the global maritime economy may have informed why the IMO, had marked June 25 every year worldwide   to celebrate the Seafarers, described as’’ keyworkers’’ and to recognise their invaluable contribution to the global maritime sector’’. 

Maritime analysts believe that the world cannot do without the Seafarers who are key to humanity survival because they accompany ocean-going vessels to traverse the nooks and crannies of the world to carry cargoes from one country to the other, even during the Asian country of China emerged deadly Corona virus pandemic, popular, COVID 19.

They noted that they see their handwork every day and everywhere in lifting agricultural machinery, the food people eat and the unbroken run of the manufacturing base in the global economy, despite the lockdown. Recall that at the heat of the global lockdown, the Seafarers had faced stringent work conditions in several countries, government restrictions, particular, Crew change difficulties, fatigue and sickness and disruption of contracts, particular, in China.

It was no record that during the global lockdown, NIMASA, was the first Maritime Administration in the world   to take steps to alleviate the sufferings of the Seafarers by declaring the them as being on essential duty which was said to have been published on the agency marine notice for the international shipping community to see and digest and change their aggressive attitudes towards them.

 The implications of the Jamoh led NIMASA bold policy initiatives  shows that it was not today, that the agency had started   making moves to improve the welfare of the Seafarers. Vintage Jamoh.

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