The the Nigerian Ports Authority
(NPA) has commended members of the Maritime
Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) for shelving
their proposed three-day warning strike scheduled
to start on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.
The withdrawal of the strike followed several
hours of deliberations between the Union and the
Management on Tuesday December 8, 2020.
Management of the Authority however assured members of the union and other stakeholders that the problem of congestion and
rent seeking on access roads to the ports would soon
become a thing of the past with the deployment of an electronic-call up system for trucks in January 2021.
A statement by the Assistant General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Ibrahim Nasiru said the Agency is working with the Lagos State Government to provide truck holding bays as part
of the implementation of the e-call up system as well as liaising with the
Federal Ministry of Works and Housing for the immediate commencement of remedial works on failed portions of the port access road.
According to the release, NPA is also partnering with the Lagos State
Government to deploy law enforcement officers for the maintenance of sanity along the Port Logistic Ring.
It reiterated the directive to all shipping companies to ensure that the size of their respective empty container holding bay is
commensurate with the volume of containers they
bring into the ports, in line with NPA policy on
empty containers, adding that failure to adhere to this would
NPA stressed that Shipping companies are to be responsible for the
movement of empty containers from their holding
bays to the Port while Consignees are to drop empty
boxes at the designated empty container holding
bays as failure of shipping companies to remove empty
containers at the holding bay will attract sanctions
Management therefore called on all stakeholders
and Port users to go about their businesses as
ports operations would continue unhindered.