Maritime Workers Union,
MWUN, has suspended the
industrial action embarked
upon by its members
following the intervention
of the Minister of Labour
and Employment, Sen. Chris
Ngige.
The Minister yesterday in
Abuja summoned a meeting
between the union and the
Ministry of Transportation,
Federal Ministry Power,
Works and Housing as well
as the Management of the
Nigerian Ports Authority,
NPA, where all issues raised
by the union in their notice
of action were tackled
including the deplorable
condition of roads leading to
the ports, issues surrounding
their concessioning and
decongestion, poor sanitary
condition in and around the
ports as well as the need for
palliative works on roads
while the major construction
is hastened.
Ngige, in his conciliatory
note reiterated the Federal
Government’s determination
to tackle all the issues in order
to enhance the ease of doing
business and urgently arrest
the situation where Nigerian
ports constantly lose cargos
to ports in the neighbouring
countries.
According to a statement
signed by Director Press,
Samuel Olowookere,
all the parties in the
m e e t i n g u n a n i m o u s l y
resolved that “the Special
Committee on road
decongestion to remove
Trucks/Trailers on the roads
should be brought back and
the personnel undertaking it
should be strengthened.
“The collaborative efforts of
Federal Ministry of Transport
through the NPA, FMWP&H,
Dangote Limited and Flour
Mills on the two (2) Klm Wharf
road is noted. However, these
efforts have not been very
appreciable as only 10% of the
work has been done till date.
The meeting therefore called
on the lead project company;
Dangote to speed up action in
terms of galvanizing human
and material resources to see
that they meet the timeline
of the completion of the
project in spite of unforeseen
challenges.
“The Federal Government
to pursue vigorously the
policy of non- establishment
of new Tank Farms in the Port
areas.
“The collaboration
between the Federal
Ministry of Transport and
the Concessionaires at the
Ports in terms of movement
of Containers by rail should
be strengthened so that there
is no pillage of Trailers on
access road to Port.
“The establishment of 340
(three hundred and forty)
capacity Trailer Park by the
FMPW&H is a step in the right
direction and noteworthy but
the meeting appealed that the
final stage of the Shore line
Protection work be completed
in before the end of the 2nd
quarter of 2018.
“A total reconstruction of
the major access roads to Tin-
Can Port area from Liverpool
road via Coconut via Sunrise
to Mile2 road should be
undertaken urgently and in
this direction, FMoT through
the NPA are to synergize
and consummate the
project before the end of the
2ndquarter of 2018.
“The FMPW&H which has
already captured the road
to Tin-Can Port in its 2018
Budget should also do the
same for roads leading to
other Ports Nationwide.
“The sanitary conditions of
the surrounding and roads to
the Ports should be the Social
Corporate Responsibility,
CSR, of the NPA and the
Authority should do the
needful to remove the
refusewithin 3months to
avoid endangering the lives
of workers and Port users.
“The source of funding for
the 7(Seven) km road from
Liverpool to Mile2 should be
from Consolidated Revenue
Fund, CRF, while the
FMPW&H should provide
technical expertise.
“In view of this conciliation
meeting, the MWUN hereby
suspends its intended strike
action.”

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