Adeyanju spits fire: Accuses APMT of enslavement of workers
—-seeks sanction of erring terminal operators
The Eyewitness reporter
The President General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, has called out the AP Moller Terminal, accusing the Danish company of modern-day enslavement of Nigerian workers in the Terminal.
The Union leader who was speaking at the launching of the e-platform for registration of dockworkers and Seafarers in Apapa on Tuesday lambasted the Danish company and other terminal operators for their refusal to develop Nigerian workers in their terminals, especially the dockworkers.
Adeyanju bemoaned the practice of the APMT which he said rather than train its dock labor Workers, the Operators prefer to kit them with uniforms, boots and helmets, wondering if this translate into training.
‘Instead of them to train dockworkers, they will go to Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Cotonou to employ dockworkers against the responsible dockworkers of this great country.
“They gave us uniform, boots, helmet.
“Is that training? Those are safety equipment required by the law, we are talking of empowerment. Give them orientations.
The union also frowned at the incessant flouting of labour laws of the country even as it called on the management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency to sanction all terminal operators found wanting in the country.
Comrade Abdulwaheed Adewale Adeyanju stated that the concessionaires were making a lot of profits but failed to empower the workers they use to make the profits.
The MWUN PG, therefore, called on the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to sanction the concessionaires and other terminal operators who are in the habit of contravening the laws of the land.
“The training is not for NIMASA alone. Who are the end users? The stevedores, the terminal operators.
” If NIMASA is doing its own, what stopped terminal operators from training their workers?
“The worker that is well empowered, the worker that is well trained, will perform.
” You don’t ask NIMASA or NPA all the time to go and train dockworkers, it is the responsibility of the terminal operators who engage them, it is there in the Act and in our NJIC.
“How many of the APMT workers that contributed immensely to the growth of this terminal have they trained? Let them come out.
” How many of the dockworkers have they trained in their terminal and they are making so much money but you are not empowering the workers of this terminal?
“Why are we blaming NIMASA? We should blame the end users that have no regard for the laws of this great country and this is the time for the DG of NIMASA to wake up and sanction all these erring terminal operators who have no regard for workers
“They have no regard for the laws of this great country and they are making a hell of money to go and develop their own country.
“I will not allow them anymore. This is a message to APM terminal and other terminal operators who flout the rules of this great country, we are not going to allow that anymore.
“It took me three days before we were able to get something reasonable for the workers if this place,” he said
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An authoritative source in the Presidency confirmed the development on Thursday.
The source said the president finally made the decision after wide consultations on the contending candidates.
Gbajabiamila has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2012 and has just been re-elected to the House in the last elections.
The choice of Gbajabiamila by the president is not a surprise to many political pundits as he has been a very close ally to the president.
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He will now have to forgo his seat in the House of Representatives if he accepts the appointment.
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He has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2019.
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“The death of Ray came as a big shock to the union.
“We are going to miss his courageous attributes and mentorship.
“He was also one of the pillars of the Lagos Council of NUJ and served the union meritoriously in his capacities as the Chairman of, the Seminar Committee; and as a Member, the Committee on Milestone Recognition of Media Icons In Nigeria.
“He spent most of his life in ensuring the advancement of Maritime Reporting as well as the welfare of Journalists.
“He worked in several media houses.
“Among his giant strides, he was a former President of the Maritime Reporters’ Association of Nigeria (MARAN); President, Maritime Journalists Association of Nigeria (MAJAN); and a former Chairman of the Daily Times Chapel of NUJ.
“The legacies of Ray are indelible and will exist forever.
“May God grant his soul eternal rest” the Lagos NUJ said in a statement signed by Leye Ajayi, the Council Chairman and Tunde Olalere, the Council Secretary.
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