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ITF-UK Approves Grant for Nigeria to Build Seafarers Centre

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Adegboyega Oyetola, minister of Marine and Blue Economy in a handshake with Katie Higginbottom, head of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), Seafarers Trust, while Bashir Jamoh, director general of NIMASA, looks on during a meeting with the Minister in Lagos.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation of the United Kingdom has approved a grant to Nigeria to build a Seafarers Recreation Centre.

The grant was given to Nigeria through the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), in partnership with the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

Katie Higginbottom, head of ITF Seafarers Trust Fund, announced this during a meeting with Adegboyega Oyetola, minister of Marine and Blue Economy, in Lagos over the weekend.

Higginbottom said the grant was approved after a thorough assessment of Nigeria’s suitability.

In her brief to the Minister, she commended MWUN and NIMASA for their commitment to seafarers’ wellbeing.

“The centre will serve not only Nigerian seafarers but also others in the West African region and beyond. We have absolute faith and trust in the Adeyanju-led MWUN, and we are very pleased with Jamoh and his team at NIMASA for their enthusiasm towards seafarers’ welfare.

“MWUN has built up their credibility within the ITF family and we are pleased to partner with them and NIMASA on this project. The grant approval process endured three years of rigorous assessment and we are satisfied that it is safe to invest in the Nigerian maritime industry. Our visit to Nigeria is for site inspection so the project can commence. Higginbottom said.

Adegboyega Oyetola, minister of Marine and Blue Economy, appreciated the ITF for trusting Nigeria with Direct Foreign Fund Investment in the country with an assurance that it will be judiciously used, and the Ministry will ensure NIMASA fulfils her own obligations to the project.

“Seafarers are the real drivers of the maritime industry. They sacrifice a lot for human existence, spending most of their time away from family and onboard vessels. So, creating this opportunity for social interaction is encouraging and commendable.

“I commend your decision to personally come to Nigeria and see things for yourself. It shows that you are committed to the project. To ensure judicious use of your grant, I want to assure you that the Nigerian government will ensure the project is completed in record time,” he assured.

He said the grant will be put to use as expected. The Federal Government through the Ministry will closely monitor the project.

On his part, Bashir Jamoh, director general of NIMASA, said the commitment of the Agency, under the supervision of the Ministry, to continuously invest in the well-being of seafarers.

“We at NIMASA welcome this project and we consider it as a major infrastructural capital development for seafarers’ welfare, hence we keyed into it. It will go a long way in improving the mental health of seafarers and assist their social integration having spent much of their time out there on the seas.

“I am pleased that our challenge to MWUN some years ago is bearing positive fruits. This is a result of the constant engagement sessions we always have with Adeyanju, who believes in dialogue. Since our Minister has sanctioned this project, I can assure you that NIMASA will meet its obligations,” he said.

Adewale Adeyanju, president general of MWUN said the quest to better the lot of seafarers informed their decision to seek funding from the United Kingdom based ITF.

The International Transport Workers Federation UK which has the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria as one of her affiliates, approved a grant to partly fund the building of a Seafarers Recreation Center in Nigeria.

When completed, the Seafarers Recreational Center will serve as a rallying point for in country and regional seafarers and those onboard vessels during port calls, who desire to disembark and savor the warmth of Nigerians.

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