…Jamoh, Ogbeifun, Adeyanju, other Stakeholders virtually honour Seafarers!***
…As Adebola says: Remember the Industry’s fallen Heroes!***
The Mission to Seafarers, Lagos, a group which offers support to merchant seafarers on Wednesday applauded seafarers on their professionalism, commitment and dedication to duty.
The applause came as Nigeria marks this year’s International Day of the Seafarers, in Lagos.
The Chairman, Mission to Seafarers, Lagos, Chief Adebayo Sarumi in a statement in Lagos stressed that the applause was important, going by the unspared commitment of Seafarers to keep guaranteeing international trade.
Specifically, he also noted that the year 2020, marks the 10th year of the institution of the Day of the Seafarer, which is celebrated every June 25.
“Although a landmark, the celebration is in itself a paradox.
“On the one hand, it spotlights the laudable exploits of seafarers and their often understated contribution to everyday life, nation-building and the global economy.
“It must, however, be noted that the decennial also underplays a much longer period of largely unacknowledged service borne by this nobel class.
“Today, the entire globe stops to pause, reflect and acknowledge the worth and sacrifice of the seafarers.
“This includes the perils and risks emanating from the yawning seas, the emotional turmoil of being estranged from loved ones and multiple institutional challenges faced by today’s seafarers.
“These form but part of the many reasons why we at the Mission to Seafarers Lagos, join multitudes of grateful beneficiaries in applauding their professionalism, their commitment and dedication to duty,” he said.
Sarumi said that the mission stood with seafarers as partners to their progress and equally pledged the mission’s resources to charting a new course and facilitating a better experience for seafarers.
He noted that it was the mission’s resolve and surest conviction that better days lie ahead.
“Once again, we extend hearty congratulations to you all and wish you the best of God’s blessings,” he said.
This year, the Day of the Seafarer campaign calls on member states to recognise seafarers as ‘Key Workers’ and to provide them with the support, assistance and travel options open to all key workers during the pandemic.
The 2020 Day of the Seafarer campaign pays tribute to seafarers, acknowledging their sacrifice and the issues they face, as many seafarers have been away from home for months and are unsure when they will be able to return home due to travel restrictions.
The campaign also seeks to raise awareness of the work achieved by seafarers in response to the pandemic and to thank them for their contribution.
In the meantime, industry key stakeholders, in spite of Covid-19 restrictions, were leaving no stones unturned, in honour of the Seafarers, as they hold talks and draw new resolutions.
Some of the stakeholders directly involved in today’s talk include the Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, the Chairman, the STARZS Group of Companies, Engr. Greg Utomwen Ogbeifun, Chairman, Ports Consultative Council, Otunba Kunle Folarin, the President General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Prince Adewale Adeyanju, President AMANO, Austin Ume Zurike and President, Nigerian Association of Master Mariners, Capt. Tajudeen.
Speaking in the same vein, a Chieftain of the UK Organisation of Nigerian Mariners and Friends, O. Adebola has stressed the need to remember the industry’s fallen heroes, as well as their families.
“As we celebrate THE DAY OF THE SEAFARER, today, let us remember all of our fallen colleagues, who have given so much of their precious lives to ensure that our nation’s flag is flown on the seas and every part of the world”, Adebola said a statement sent to the Maritime First, alongside a video.
“Let us remember the families of those who have sacrificed time and comfort and Love for their families for essential services on-board vessels to bring comfort and joy to the rest of us.
“Let us remember the Ones that have spent the most useful part of their lives to sustain the legacy of the profession and integrity of our Nation.
“Let us remember those that are now wasted, retired and forgotten.
“Let us remember that these were the ones that suckled and gave LIFE to the Economy of Nigeria at its Wake.
“Let us remember them at the eve of their lives.
“Let us reward their patriotism and diligence”, he stated further, stressing the need to PAY THE NNSL RETIREREES THEIR PENSION BENEFITS”, now!