August 10, 2022

Reporters’ Diary

Factual Reportage

SIFAX Group donates N16m bus to seafarers’ mission

The Mission to Seafarers (MTS), today in Lagos, unveiled a N16 million Hyundai bus donated to it by the SIFAX Group to aid movement of seafarers.

Mr Adebayo Sarumi, Chairman, Management Committee, MTS Lagos, said during the unveiling that the bus would facilitate the transportation of seafarers from the port to a place where they would stay until departure.

He pointed out that the Mission to Seafarers offered logistics to 200 ports in about 156 countries, and that the group was funded through donations by stakeholders.

He said the bus would offer transport logistics to foreign seafarers, rather than borrowing buses as was the case in the past.

“MTS is a christian charity group devoted to the welfare of sailors who live day and night to bring trade into a country.

“Also, without exchange of goods and services, there will be no world because God made the world in such a way that some parts are sleeping while others are awake, some are cold while some are warm, some grow coco while others grow apple.

“The world needs that exchange from one point to the other and it is the seafarers that make the exchange possible,” he said.

Sarumi said seafarers often faced difficulties, citing the example of someone coming from Shanghai, passing through the pacific on a journey that could last six weeks or more. He said such seafarers could stay in a bunker, face storms, rationing of