The Mission to Seafarers (MTS) Lagos has joined other organizations and nations in celebrating all workers on this year’s International Labour Day.
Former Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and current Chairman of MTS, Chief Adebayo Sarumi, in a statement issued in Lagos yesterday said, saluted “the courage and verve of seafarers and maritime workers who daily sacrifice life and limb to keep global trade afloat”.
“Ordinarily, the International Labour Day is set aside to recognize, appreciate and commend the lot of all workers in their diligent pursuit and dignified labour in building nations. We, in particular, salute the courage and verve of seafarers and maritime workers who daily sacrifice life and limb to keep global trade afloat.
“This year has, however, been anything but ordinary. Amidst the throes of a ravaging pandemic and its damning recourse on lives, including a projected global recession, seafarers have remained steadfast in the frontline of the scourge, continually and relentlessly labouring in buoying a global economy. This is stark in the face of attendant challenges on their families and their working environment.
“The Mission to Seafarers Lagos equally recognises the efforts of shipping fleets, maritime agencies as well as fellow seafarer welfare institutions who have collaboratively worked at protecting, promoting and enhancing the lot of seafarers, especially in our clime.
“It is our hope and strong belief that we shall all ride this storm to emerge stronger and even better placed to face the multitude of challenges life throws at us in the future. We are certain that the good Lord who has brought us all this far shall continue to abide with us all.
“On behalf of all of us at the Mission to Seafarers, Lagos, we congratulate and celebrate you at this auspicious hour and pledge our continued devotion to your cause,” Chief Sarumi stated.