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Mission to Seafarers seeks stakeholde­rs’ support

- Kariola Mustapha

Mission to Seafarers, nigeria has called for support from businesses in the maritime sector in the country.

The organisati­on made the call during a special service it held to pray for seafarers, solicit support for the mission in nigeria and highlight the role of the seafarers in any country’s economy.

The 2021 annual sea and interdenom­inational church service, themed ‘Maritime industry and developmen­t of nigeria - Connecting with our heritage’, was aimed at praying to god for the safety and welfare of seafarers and other maritime stakeholde­rs in nigeria.

The Chief Host, Rt. Rev. Humphrey Olumakaiye, represente­d by the Very Rev.

Adebola Ajofeitimi, said, “That we are sitting down comfortabl­y today, it is because of the contributi­ons of the seafarers to the world economy. Without the activities of the seafarers, the economy of the world will be in shambles.”

The Chairman, MTS and former Managing Director, nigeria ports Authority, Chief Adebayo Sarumi, commended the efforts of seafarers “who against all odds bring goods from manufactur­ers to a wide range of consumers around the world”.

He said without seafarers, the world’s economy would be greatly threatened and affected.

He commended the nigeria Associatio­n of Master Mariners for keeping faith with the nigerian mission, adding that the committee would ensure that a befitting facility for the seafarers was a priority.

Sarumi, however, appealed for support to the mission and for the sea workers.

He said, “The MTS facility in Apapa that serves our seafarers whenever they are onshore requires our attention. We need to put it in a habitable form as is the situation in other maritime countries.

“Those brave men and women that endanger their lives in the waters to bring happiness to our homes and society need to be catered for after months of lonely voyage with a life exciting centre that will keep them alert when they sail out.”

According to Sarumi, as people who are always in the marine shore working, they are most times faced with depression and other traumatic experience­s.

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