...Advocates Professionalism In Maritime Operations
Leadership of the Nigeria Merchant Navy Officers and Water Transport Senior Senior Association (NMNOWTSSA) on Thursday , advocated for the new Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola to embrace professionalism and competency as it affects the technicalities of seafaring operations.
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) affiliate association  while congratulating the pioneer Minister promised to strategically work closely with the Oyetola’s led Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy noting that the seafaring profession is highly technical and required competency to manage.
In a statement signed by the President NMNOWTSSA, Comrade Bob Yousou and Secretary General Comrade John Okpono Aleakhue respectively, pledged  to support  Oyetola in achieving the given mandates set aside by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for the creation of the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy .
While welcome the  former Governor of Osun State  to the maritime Industry, the union affirmed that  in due course , members will synergize , engage and brief the minister on possible way to resolve some of the challenges affecting the industry’s  growth,  pointing out that engagement with critical stakeholders with core marine  background would further help him to actualise his set goals and objectives.
The NMNOWTSSA further expressed satisfaction for the creation of the new Ministry saying it is long overdue for the unbundling of the octopus Federal Ministry of Transportation (FMOT).
The statement further lauded President Bola Tinubu for the innovation of establishing a new ministry aimed to harness the hidden treasures of the ocean .
Similarly, the NMNOWTSSA further congratulated the new Ministers of Labour and Employment, Mr. Simon Lalong and that of state Mrs. Nkeruika Onyeajeocha for their appointment , affirming that the seafarers union will give solidarity support in furtherance to promote a symbiotic relationship that has co-existed in line with labour laws and International best practices.
The statement also congratulated the Minister of Transportation, Alhaji Saidu Ahmed Alkali for the new appointment.
“Nigeria Merchant Navy Officers and Water Transport Senior Staff Association proudly commends the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for his visionary leadership and bold initiative in establishing the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy.
“This significant step underscores the government’s commitment to harnessing the immense potential of our maritime resources and promoting sustainable economic growth.
“The maritime sector plays a pivotal role in Nigeria’s economy, offering vast opportunities for development, job creation, and innovation. With the creation of the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy, President Bola Tinubu has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to unlocking these opportunities and charting a course towards a prosperous future.
“This move aligns perfectly with our association’s mission to advance the interests of the seafaring profession in furtherance to promote a robust maritime industry.
“We are excited to collaborate with the newly established ministry to drive sustainable practices, technological advancements, and strategic partnerships that will elevate Nigeria’s standing on the global maritime stage.
“As TUC affiliate, we also welcome aboard the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mr. Simon Lalong and that of state Mrs. Nkeruika Onyeajeocha for the appointment by Mr. President.
“As stakeholders in the maritime sector, we pledge our full support and commitment to working hand in hand with the Tinubu led government to be successful in achieving his mandates.
“Together, we will harness the power of our oceans and waterways to build a brighter, more resilient economy for our nation and its citizens.”

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