Group laments disparity in wages between foreign seafarers, indigenous seafarers.

Segun Oladipupo

The Nigerian Merchant Navy Officers and Water Senior Staff Association (NMNOWTSSA) has called on the regulatory agency to consider the plight of Nigerian seafarers in terms of the disparity in remuneration between the two parties.

The group lamented that the gap between what Nigerian seafarers earn compared to what their foreign counterparts earn, is too much

The union made the call while commending the efforts of the agency for distributing palliative to its members on Thursday in Lagos.

Speaking with journalists on Friday, National President of the Union, Bob Yousou maintained that what the foreigners can do the Nigerian seafarers can do better, pointing out that the union will continuously engage relevant authorities  to better the lots of members.

He noted that the palliative would go a long way for members sustainability under the COVID-19 pandemic.

The palliative is in furtherance of its efforts to cushion the effect of  COVID-19 on members of the union.

The agency as part of the activities marking this year’s Seafarers Day Celebration, donated items that included essential commodities,  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like facemasks, and hand sanitisers to Nigerian seafarers.

The Day of the Seafarers, marked June 25 every year worldwide, is a day set aside by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to celebrate seafarers and recognise their invaluable contributions to the global economy.

In his response to the agency’s magnanimity, National President of the seafarers union, Comrade Yousuo harped on the need for strategic working relationship by the two organisations to move the maritime industry forward.

Yousou who spoke through the Union’s Secretary General, Comrade John Okpono Aleakhue told journalists on Friday in Lagos, that NIMASA was able to extend palliative to members amidst the COVID19 pandemic, thus must be commended for the support.

Items distributed include 400 bags of rice, 300 pieces of nose marks and 800 pieces of hand sanitizers.

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