…urges NPA to hasten work on Calabar Port Dredging
The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has frowned at the non-compliance attitude of some stakeholder to the ‘MARINE NOTICE’ – Government Notice No. 106 on Stevedoring regulations, 2014, issued by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
This is just as it called on the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to intervene in the lingering issue of dredging the Calabar channel noting that it will positively boost trade and commerce in the Niger Delta area and invariably a boost to the federal government’s revenue while also creating employments for Nigerians.
The MARINE NOTICE – government notice No. 106 as well as the Associated Stevedoring regulation 2014 are operational guidelines issued by NIMASA to all dock labour employers and private operators of any work location including Ports, Jetties, Onshore or Offshore Oil and Gas or bonded terminals, inland container depots (ICDs), off dock terminals, dry ports and platforms.
MWUN said it had noticed with dismay that some of these stakeholders have continued to flay this government directive by their blatant refusal to grant the government appointed and NIMASA registered stevedores and dock workers access to the operational areas allocated to them by the NPA.
“This is not acceptable to us as we cannot sit back, fold our arms and watch our members being disallowed to perform their statutory duties that fetch them their daily bread.
“We therefore use this medium to sound a note of warning to those stake holders who feel that they can always flaunt government directive with impunity and in effect expose our members to starvation, to have a rethink and allow the government approved and NIMASA registered stevedores and dock workers access without let or hindrance, the operational areas government allocated to them to perform their legitimate duties.
“We shall not hesitate to engage in a manner that has never been witnessed in this land, such stakeholders that see themselves above the law,” the Union warned in a press statement signed by its President General, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju.
It however applauded the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, for the numerous successes recorded in his first 100 days in office stating that the energy and spate of innovation he has brought into the Agency is a pointer to many laudable achievements in the pipeline.
MWUN also acknowledged and commended the commitment of the Managing Director, NPA, Hajia Hadiza Usman, for the wonderful job done in the Authority which to mention but a few include the payment of severance package to the erstwhile Tally Clerks and On-Board ship gang way security men, the drastic face lift of decayed infrastructure in NPA and others.
It called on Usman to look into the lingering issue of dredging the Calabar channel which contract it said had been awarded many years back. “We believe dredging the Calabar channel will positively boost trade and commerce in the Niger Delta area and further help boost revenue to the federal government while also creating employments for Nigerians.
“We want to assure the public of our readiness to partner with the two government agencies (NIMASA and NPA) in maintaining peace and industrial harmony in the maritime sector and we will continue to do so as long as fairness, equity and justice which they have brought to bear in the system is maintained,” the statement further read.
MWUN further appreciated the Chairperson of the Seaport Terminal Operators of Nigeria (STOAN), Princess Vicky Haastrup, its members, NPA and NIMASA for creating conducive work environment maritime workers.