…As Capt. Iheanacho lauds seafarers for sustaining international trade***
Doyen of the Nigerian Maritime Industry and Chairman, Mission to Seafarers MTS, Lagos, Chief Adebayo has congratulated seafarers within the African continent, specially noting their courage and dedicated commitment to keep the continent afloat, amidst the throes of ravaging COVID 19 Pandemic.
Sarumi congratulated the seafarers on the occasion of the International Labour Day, even as Maritime guru, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, Chairman/ Chief Executive, Genesis Worldwide Shipping Company, on Friday, lauded seafarers for sustaining international trade.
“The Mission to Seafarers-Lagos joins with multitudes of organizations and nations in celebrating with all Workers on this year’s International Labour Day”, the Ibadan High Chief, Adebayo Babatunde Sarumi stated, stressing that the world recognize, appreciate their “diligent pursuit and dignified labour in building nations”.
Ibadan High Chief, Adebayo Sarumi
“Ordinarily, the International Labour Day is set aside to recognize, appreciate and commend a lot of all workers in their diligent pursuit and dignified labour in building nations.
“We, in particular, salute the courage and verve of Seafarers and maritime workers who on the daily, sacrifice life and limb to keep global trade afloat.
“This year has however been anything but ordinary. Amidst the throes of a ravaging pandemic and its damning recourse on lives- including a projected global recession, Seafarers have remained steadfast in the frontline of the scourge, continually and relentlessly labouring in buoying a global economy. This is stark in the face of attendant challenges on their families and their working environment.
“The Mission to Seafarers Lagos equally recognises the efforts of shipping fleets, maritime agencies as well as fellow Seafarer Welfare institutions who have collaboratively worked at protecting, promoting and enhancing a lot of Seafarers, especially in our clime.
“It is our hope and strong belief that we shall all ride this storm to emerge stronger and even better placed to face the multitude of challenges life throws at us in the future.
“We are certain that the good Lord who has brought us all this far shall continue to abide with us all.
“On behalf of all of us at the Mission to Seafarers-Lagos, we congratulate and celebrate you at this auspicious hour and pledge our continued devotion to your cause”, Chief Sarumi also said.
Meanwhile, a maritime guru, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, Chairman/ Chief Executive, Genesis Worldwide Shipping Company, on Friday, lauded seafarers for sustaining international trade.
Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho
Iheanacho, a shipowner, and former Minister of the Interior highlighted the view in Lagos, saying that seafarers deserved commendation for sustaining the economies of many countries, by moving essential commodities across the world.
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He particularly pointed out the need to appreciate seafarers now, as the world celebrate Workers Day.
A master mariner, Iheanacho noted that seafarers made huge sacrifices while working and staying for long periods away from their loved ones, even at such times as the COVID-19 pandemic when families stayed together.
“Ultimately, those who work on ships are the ones who are sustaining the world economy and so we need to recognise the sacrifice that seafarers are making.
“Without them contributing to the economy, we will not have the welfare that people strive to have.
“So, by working on ships, transporting the world’s international trade and making sure that economies stay oiled, they should be commended.
“The world owes them a lot, but unfortunately, their toil is not readily recognised, because just looking at it, you make an assumption that ships are moving and how can ships move if not for the people who work on them?” he asked.
He said seafarers who survived this difficult times with the transit of the pandemic all over the world, should be recognised, appreciated for the sacrifices they are making.
“Most of the times they make these sacrifices away from their families and loved ones, and so the need to ensure that we put in place the necessary facilities to ensure that their stay onboard ships is made as comfortable as possible,” he said.