Maritime union to flush out unregistered tally clerks
The leadership of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has set September 12 as the deadline to flush out unregistered personnel working as tally clerks and on-board security men from the ports.
The President General of the MWUN, Adewale Adeyanju, stated this yesterday at the official flag-off ceremony of the e-registration platform and biometric identification for dockworkers. He added that the move was necessary following the spate of insecurity in the country.
Adeyanju stated that the practice of using unregistered security operatives as gangway security men negates the act establishing the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
According to him, besides the fact that it could lead to making the port susceptible to insecurity, the shipping companies under-declare tonnage of cargo shipped in and out of the country.
He told the management of the NIMASA and that of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) that from September 12, the union would flush out all illegal security operatives who are not registered but engaged to be working in the port.
“It has to do with what is happening in the port where the onboard security men and tally clerks were phased out of the port some years ago. What shipping companies do now is to bring in unregistered security men to work as onboard security men. Then where do you keep the registered talky clerks and onboard security men in line with the NIMASA Act?
“Shipping companies have been benefitting from this but NPA doesn’t know the implication of phasing out onboard security men and tally clerks.
“Who is doing the job of the onboard security men and tally clerks now, who is taking the records, and how do you know the tonnage each of the vessels brought? Nobody is taking record of that
“Tally clerks and onboard security men are integral parts of dockworkers by law. We need to identify the registered ones from the unregistered ones. That is why the union will, as from Monday, phase out all the unregistered tally clerks and onboard security men employed by shipping companies,” he said.