FG Approves Domestication of MLC

The federal government today approved the domestication of the 2006 Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) ratified by 39 states representing 68% of global shipping in Geneva, Switzerland over half a decade ago.

This was one of the two memos deliberated on, during a brief Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Namadi Sambo.

The other was the receipt of a preliminary report on the Canada Conference held in Toronto.

Ministers who attended the conference gave reports of the successful hosting of the convention while the report showed that the reform program of the federal  government  received positive global reviews.

Briefing journalists after the weekly meeting Minister of Information , Mr Labaran Maku, alongside his labour and transport counterparts, Chief Emeka Nwogu and Sen. Idris Umar respectively , said  for 7 years Nigeria has been unable to domesticate the agreement despite the various advantages attached to doing so.

Maku said Council deliberated and further approved the joint memorandum submitted for the domestication by Wogu and Idris and forwarded it to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Muhammad Bello Adoke to prepare the legal instrument.

The  MLC is an auxiliary of the International Labour Organization (ILO) convention established as the fourth pillar of the  international maritime law embodying various extant international maritime labour Conventions and Recommendations, as well as the fundamental principles to be found in other international labour Conventions.

According to Wogu “The code of the convention contains five titles: minimum requirements for seafarers to work on a ship, conditions of employment, accommodation, recreational facilities, food and catering, health protection, medical care, welfare and social security protection as well as compliance and enforcement”.
Umar said that the advantage of the agreement to Nigeria, is that it will benefit young Nigerians who will get employment as seafarers in the international seafaring business.  “There are already 4362 Nigerians who are currently working on board international ships across the globe. The domestication will further give them coverage on all the items in the convention?s code” he added.

The convention is expected to come into force by Aug. 1 2013.

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