ITF UK Grants Funds for Seafarers Recreation Center in Nigeria

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: Honourable Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, CON (left) and Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, OFR during a meeting with the Honourable Minister in Lagos.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation UK has greenlit a significant grant to Nigeria, facilitated through the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), to establish a Seafarers Recreation Centre in collaboration with the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

During a meeting with the Honourable Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola CON, in Lagos over the weekend, Katie Higginbottom, Head of the ITF Seafarers Trust Fund, announced the approval of the grant. Higginbottom commended MWUN and NIMASA for their steadfast dedication to seafarers’ well-being and highlighted the center’s regional significance, serving seafarers not only from Nigeria but also from across West Africa and beyond.

Expressing confidence in MWUN’s leadership and NIMASA’s commitment, Higginbottom underscored the thorough assessment process endured over three years before approving the grant. She emphasized the importance of on-site inspection to kickstart the project.

L-R: President General, Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju; Executive Director Operations,Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Engr. Fatai Adeyemi; Director General, NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, OFR; Honourable Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, CON; Head of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) Seafarers Trust, Katie Higginbottom; ITF’s Francophone Coordinator, Bayla Sow; ITF Seafarers’ Trust, Grant Manager, Luca Tommasi and Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, NIMASA, Jibril Abba during a meeting with the Honourable Minister in Lagos.



In response, Honourable Minister Adegboyega Oyetola CON thanked the ITF for their trust in Nigeria’s ability to utilize foreign fund investments judiciously. He pledged the Ministry’s full support to ensure NIMASA fulfills its obligations to the project, acknowledging the vital role of seafarers in the maritime industry and commending the ITF’s hands-on approach.

Dr. Bashir Jamoh, DG NIMASA, reiterated the Agency’s commitment to investing in seafarers’ well-being under the Ministry’s supervision. He praised the project as a significant infrastructural development for seafarers’ welfare and assured full compliance with their obligations.

Comrade Adeyanju, President General of MWUN, highlighted the union’s determination to enhance seafarers’ welfare, expressing gratitude to ITF for the grant. He credited NIMASA for their support and emphasized the center’s importance in fostering social integration for seafarers.

The approval of the grant by ITF UK, with MWUN as one of its affiliates, marks a pivotal moment in Nigeria’s maritime sector. Once completed, the Seafarers Recreation Center will serve as a hub for local and regional seafarers, providing a welcoming environment for relaxation and camaraderie during port calls, thus elevating Nigeria’s maritime infrastructure and enhancing the well-being of seafarers.

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