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ISWAN Nigeria celebrates Christmas with seafarers

January 14, 2020
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Anthony Idoko (NSWB), Afusat Eke (ISWAN) and Aina Aderemi (NSWB) celebrating Christmas with crew members

On 24 December 2019, ISWAN’s Regional Representative in Nigeria, Afusat Eke, joined members of the National Seafarers’ Welfare Board of Nigeria (NSWB) to celebrate Christmas with seafarers on their vessels at Apapa Port.

Aina Aderemi (NSWB) and Afusat Eke (ISWAN) with a seafarer on board
Aina Aderemi (NSWB), Afusat Eke (ISWAN) and Anthony Idoko (NSWB) after their ship visit

Two days later on 26 December, Afusat, members of the NSWB and Reverend Aduroja from The Mission to Seafarers visited seafarers currently being held at Ikoyi Prison. The group provided the seafarers with food, drinks and toiletries as well as spiritual support, and encouraged the seafarers to keep hope alive.

Members of the NSWB led by the Secretary Amos Kuje (third left), with Rev Aduroja (third right) and ISWAN’s Afusat Eke (second right)

ISWAN and the NSWB provide welfare services to seafarers calling at ports in Nigeria, as well as their families. These services include psychotherapy sessions, counselling, prison and ship visiting, port chaplaincy and a free bus for shopping and sightseeing during shore leave. Seafarers and their families can get in touch with ISWAN and the NSWB in Lagos by calling 08060616034 / 08084255182 / 08062354971 or contacting ISWAN’s free, 24-hour helpline, SeafarerHelp: seafarerhelp.org.

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