Nigeria has taken one of the crucial steps required to domesticate international laws, conventions and treaties, with the submission of the instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 to the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
Chief Emeka Wogu, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, presented Nigeria’s instrument of ratification of the MLC 2006 to the Director-General of the ILO, Mr. Guy Ryder, during the just concluded 102nd Session of the ILO Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
With this submission, Nigeria became the fifth country from Africa, and the 38th country amongst the 185-member organization to ratify the convention, which provides comprehensive rights and protection at work for the world’s over 1.2 million seafarers.
The convention also aims to achieve both decent works for seafarers and secure economic interests in fair competition for quality ship owners.
Wogu, in his address before handing over the ratification instrument to Ryder, noted that the quest to provide productive and decent jobs for the teeming youth population in an environmentally sustainable manner made the ratification of MLC 2006 more compelling.