Maritime workers issue fresh ultimatum to FG over Apapa roads
The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has issued fresh 21 days ultimatum to the Federal Government to fix the deplorable access roads to Lagos seaports or face industrial action.
Handing down the ultimatum after its National Executive Council meeting held in Lagos, the maritime workers described the current state of the road through Mile 2 to Apapa port as a death trap.
A communiqué signed at the end of the meeting by the union’s President General, Adewale Adeyanju condemned in its totality the Federal Government’s failure for not making efforts to fix the road in spite of the communiqué earlier signed on 6th February 2018 where it vowed to shut down port operations if government does not make the ports roads motorable.
But the Federal Government in a swift response to avoid shutdown of the nations’ seaports pledged to effect the necessary repairs by the second quarter of the year, which it has failed to do.
The communiqué read in part: “The gridlock has become unbearable to everybody concerned. We the workers, business owners, residents among others can no longer cope with the situation.
The road, especially the Tin-Can end down to Otto Wolff has completely failed. You cannot quantify the cost and losses operators, road users; business owners are losing daily because of the situation.
To monetise this, you are talking about billions of naira losses beside the health implications to those being trapped daily in the gridlock.”
The NEC in session however, commended the efforts of some private operators, Messrs Dangote Nigeria Limited, Flour Mills Nigeria Limited and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for fixing the Ijora/Apapa Wharf road.
Among other issues resolved at the meeting was the call on government to direct the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to commence immediate payment of monthly pension to the seafarers, referred to as ratings that exited service in 1995 as a result of the liquidation of the defunct Nigeria National Shipping Line (NNSL).
The union urged the Federal Government to resuscitate the NNSL to stimulate generation of employment of large number of unemployed seafarers who do not have where to practice after their training programmes.
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, while calling on government to beef up security level in the country, they also urged government to allow the Federal Ministry of Transportation through the NPA to appoint stevedore and dockworkers to man the over 150 private