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SIFAX donates N16m Hyundai H-1 bus to support seafarers

SIFAX Group, a logistics multinational corporation, has donated a brand-new Hyundai H-1 bus worth N16 million to the Mission to Seafarers (MTS) in Lagos, with the aim of supporting seafarers’ activities.

Taiwo Afolabi, executive vice chairman, SIFAX Group, said at the unveiling of the bus by the MTS management committee, that the group understands the fact that seafarers are the engine room of international trade vis-à-vis the maritime industry.

Afolabi, who was represented by Bunmi Eniola Jegede, executive director, Business Development and Strategic Planning, thanked the MTS for standing in the gap for seafarers.

“We understand that seafarers are always away from their families for a long time and SIFAX Group will continue to support laudable initiatives such as this,” he said.

On his part, Adebayo Sarumi, chairman, Management Committee of The Mission to Seafarers, who received the bus, noted that SIFAX is a major promoter of what the mission stands for.

While disclosing that though it’s possible to get support from international organisations, he said there is also need to seek support locally.

According to Sarumi, MTS is a non-profit organisation that requires the support of stakeholders such as terminal operators, ship agencies, ship managers, ship owners, importers and exporters.

“Seafarers are those who devote their lives to carrying the trade of the world on their shoulders, and quite often, their renumeration is not enough to take care of all the traumas they go through on day-to-day,” Sarumi said.

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