The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has urged the Federal Government to pay more attention to the reconstruction of the roads leading to the seaports.
The union’s position was expressed in a statement issued on Saturday and signed by its President General, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju to mark the 2021 Workers’ Day.
While saluting those it called ‘social partners’ and government agencies, the MWUN pleaded for work on the roads leading to both Apapa and Tin Can ports.
“We especially salute our social partners, the NPA, NIMASA, SHIPPERS COUNCIL, STOAN, NASC, NIWA and our numerous employers and maritime stakeholders for holding and supporting our drive for conducive work environment for our members and further development of the maritime sector”, the union said.
“We seize this opportunity to call on government to expedite action on improving access to our ports through the access roads, the dredging of calabar ports and the monitoring of the influx of the so called expatriates who have taken over jobs which Nigerians are eminently competent to undertake”, it added.
“Even more importantly, we wish to use this opportunity to call on the government to enjoin IOCs to comply with extant stevedoring regulations which they flaunt with impunity and disregard to our national security architecture”
“As Nigerian workers mark today’s labour day, MWUN wish them well and assures of it’s commitment to continue to partner with our social partners to move maritime sector, the gateway to our national economy forward. Viva maritime!”, the statement added.