Maritime workers protest bad roads

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Workers in the maritime sector have called for the immediate rehabilitation of roads leading to Apapa Port to save businesses from total collapse.

The workers, under the auspices of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), dressed in white shirts and trousers, staged a protest at the first gate leading to the port, with placards to express their displeasure in solidarity with their outgoing President, Mr Anthony Nted.

Some of the placards read: “Our leaders are accountable and transparent’’. “We pass vote of confidence on our leaders” and “No fracas, no friction, we are one union”.

The workers advised the Federal Government to encourage terminal operators to repair the roads leading into the ports and provide tools for their jobs.

A dockworker, Mr Samuel Golden, said lack of access to the port and non-functional equipment were  major hindrances to them.

He said: “One of the workers was killed in 2016 on a commercial motorcycle when the driver of a trailer was trying to make a turn. If the road was good, the accident would not have happened.

“We need tools to do our jobs efficiently, the beam is not working well  and we need replacement of some of the equipment.”

Another worker, Mr Femi Adekoya, said workers at the port lacked sufficient protective gadgets to perform their duty.

“We do our jobs without kits such as protective shoes and others that will help to guard a worker in case accident occurs,”  Adekoya lamented.

However, Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) Chairman Mr Edward Okpoto, who spoke on Nted’s administration, praised him for ensuring that industrial crisis was no longer prevalent at the port.

Okpoto said the outgoing president encouraged workers through training at the local and international levels.

Also, Mr Adeleke Sanni, the NPA branch president, who read a solidarity and commendation letter for Nted, said the labour leader had passion for workers’ right.

Sanni said the outgoing president maintained peace among the workers and trained 6,000, out of which 180 travelled to other parts of the country to enhance their skills.

He said in spite of malicious accusations by some people in the sector, Nted brought credibility to dock workers and ensured that they had a good condition of service.

Receiving the commendation letter in his office, Nted urged the workers to remain peaceful to boost productivity at the port.

He said the forthcoming MWUN election would be free and fair as nobody had the right to impose any leader on the people.

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