Erring employers to face PenCom over seafarers’ pension

June 27th, 2018

Poised to ensure the welfare of seafarers, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) says it will report seafarers’ employers to the National Pension Commission (PenCom) over their refusal to implement contributory pension scheme.

This is as the NIMASA Director-General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, disclosed that the agency would sign a reviewed Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) tomorrow (June 28), according to a statement from the Head of Corporate Communications, Mr. Isichei Osamgbi.

Peterside, who spoke in Warri, Delta State, during the 2018 Day of the Seafarers celebration, stressed that in line with this year’s theme, “henceforth the agency will report erring employers to the Pension Commission for appropriate sanctions.”

He further disclosed that “the National Joint Industrial Council (NJlC) has concluded negotiations on the conditions of service of Nigerian seafarers, including the minimum wage payable to all categories of seafarers. It is expected that the agreement will be signed by all parties on June 28, 2018.

“In this regard, I wish to assure you that the agency will go the whole length in ensuring that the CBA is implemented as agreed. This year’s theme has brought to the fore the need for employers to rededicate efforts and resources towards enhancing seafarers’ wellbeing by making the workplace conducive with adequate provisions for their mental health.

“There is no doubt that Nigerian seafarers are faced with a lot of challenges that are work-related and bordering on depression arising from a lack of job opportunities and long hours of work without commensurate pay. In most cases, the seafarers work under strenuous conditions which they are subjected to by their employers.”

According to him, as part of NIMASA’s commitment to improving seafarers’ professionalism, an additional 500 cadets have been earmarked for sea-time training in 2018 under the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP), and a further 500 in 2019, beside the over 2,000 so far trained.

Similarly, 150 fresh cadets would benefit from the NSDP, which will commence in the next academic session, he added.

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