The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Rivers State Chapter, has blamed the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the marine police formation for the incessant abduction of maritime workers and passengers in the state’s waterways.
The union said NIMASA as a federal agency and the marine Police were not leaving up to its expectations of safeguarding the nation’s waterways from pirate attacks and abduction of crew members and passengers.
Trustee, Dockworkers, MWUN, Rivers State Chapter, Comrade Harry Waite, stated this while condemning the recent abduction of five passengers along Bonny/ Port Harcourt by suspected sea robbers.
Waite noted that pirate activities were on the increase in the state because NIMASA and the marine Police were not doing enough to secure the waterways.
He decried the abduction of five members of MWUN last month along Kula/Abonnema waterways, and threatened that the union may be left with no option than to shut down all maritime activities if the piracy continued in the state.
“Security of lives and property are not improving in Rivers State, the waterways are not safe for boat drivers and passengers to ply on a daily basis”, Waite noted.
Waite also noted that the activities of pirates had scared away investors and ship owners willing to invest in the state, thereby lowering the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) accruable to the state.
He appealed to the Nigerian Navy to always ensure regular patrol of the creeks and waterways in the state.
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