Maritime workers give 14-day ultimatum over non-payment of wages to dockworkers

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Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to prevail on International Oil Companies (IOCs) to pay stevedoring contractors appointed by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the charges due to dockworkers at the nation’s ports.

The union in a statement made available in Lagos on Thursday, threatened that if after 14 days the government failed to prevail on the IOCs, it members would withdraw their services and all seaports nationwide would be shut.

Signed by Adewale Adeyanju, president general of MWUN, and Felix Akingboye, secretary general, the statement said despite several meetings, the IOCs had refused to grant access to the stevedoring contractors, process their invoices and effect payment as directed by the NPA, one year after the stevedoring contractors were appointed.

The union said it could no longer continue to watch it members die prematurely because of the defiant attitude of the IOCs.

“We are aware that on 1st June 2018, the NPA appointed stevedoring contractors to provide stevedoring services at various off –shore, jetties and on-shore locations to the International oil services and other operators.

“We commend the managing director of the NPA for the effort NPA made to compel the IOCs to engage the services of appointed stevedores and registered dockworkers in their stevedoring operations. But, unfortunately, the operators have refused to comply with the NPA directive after one year that the stevedoring contractors were appointed,” the statement read.

According to the workers, the position of the operators on the NPA directive is worrisome and very surprising because the same operators had processed and paid the former stevedoring contractors since 2010 through a foremost terminal operator.

“Why are they refusing to cooperate with the newly appointed stevedoring contractors since the modus operandi remains the same?… Read More...

NPA and the move to rest Apapa problem for ease of cargo evacuation

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Recently, evacuation of cargo in and out of the nation’s major seaports in Lagos, Apapa and Tin-Can, became very tough for cargo owners due to  issues with persistent traffic gridlock along the routes leading to the ports.

This was largely due to the bad state of roads to Apapa and uncontrollable parking of container carrying trucks and trailers, queuing on the roads and bridges to Apapa, just to have access to the ports and petroleum jetties to lift laden containers and petroleum products.

Consequently, the Office of the Vice President, issued a two-week ultimatum to truckers to vacate Apapa roads and bridges with the aim of restoring law and order in Apapa and its environs. The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) and other agencies of government in the port, were mandated to implement the order with the NPA being the lead agency.

The Presidential order, which was issued middle of last week, came three weeks after the NPA started implementing new measures aimed at resting the gridlock problem bedevilling movement of people and cargo in and out of Apapa.

First, the new measures started with the NPA converting and opening the Lilypond Container Terminal to Truck Transit Park, which is presently serving as temporary parking spaces for trucks coming to both Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports.

The Lilypond terminal, which was made available to service trucks carrying containers that have business to do in Apapa port, was opened for business on Friday May 3rd, 2019 while Tin-Can Second Gate Trailer Park, which was billed to be opened the same time to service trucks going to Tin-Can Island Port for business, was shifted to mid-June as the Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing, is yet to put finishing touches to the basic … Read More...