—-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
Danish court returns guilty verdict on Nigerian pirate —- remands him in prison
A Danish court on Monday found a Nigerian guilty of endangering the lives of Danish military personnel in a shooting incident last November involving Denmark’s navy and a crew of suspected Nigerian pirates in the Gulf of Guinea.
However, the court declined to sentence the Nigerian, Lucky Frances, 40, despite a call from the prosecutor for a prison sentence of 12 to 15 months.
As part of international anti-piracy efforts, Denmark deployed a frigate to the Gulf of Guinea in October last year.
“The court emphasized that the 40-year-old Nigeria, together with the other perpetrators, fulfilled all the signs of piracy and had to be described as a pirate group,” Copenhagen city court said in a statement.
Frances, who was injured during a firefight with Danish navy personnel in the November clash, was taken to Denmark for prosecution in January after being treated at a hospital in Ghana.
Frances was exempted from any legal consequences due to his medical condition and the fact that charges against the other three suspected pirates had been dropped, his lawyer Jesper Storm Thygesen told Reuters.
Charges against the three other suspected Nigerian pirates were dropped in January after Denmark failed to find a country in the region to take them.
Frances will remain in custody until both sides have decided whether to appeal against the verdict, Thygesen said.
Possession of NIN by passengers now requirement for boarding trains—Sambo
” The train driver can see from a distance if there are any threats on the tracts that will enable him to match the break long before getting to the threat, and that is why I am telling you confidently,” said the Minister.
The Minister debunked the rumour that train services will resume on Monday, adding that the newly introduced measures will delay the resumption of business along the corridor for a few more days for passengers to get acquainted with the new protocol involved in train boarding before it will resume services.
“We have not said that train services will start tomorrow. I want to be very categorical about that.
“Now, we have introduced a new system before you buy a ticket. The purchase of a ticket requires you to provide a phone number and a national identification number in order to profile you because that is the beginning of the security checks. So at any point in time when a train moves from one station to another, we know who and who are on board.
“If you don’t have a NIN you are not going to board our train, it is as simple as that. If you are a minor, an adult will register for you and an adult can only register for not more than four minors.
“Now, we want to give sufficient time for the Nigerian public to listen to these two requirements, to assimilate this new system.
“So if you go and start tomorrow, a lot of people will be disgruntled. Why didn’t they tell us that this is a new way of doing it? Why didn’t they give us adequate time to do it? So we want to give you adequate time. Definitely between 3,4,5 days, certainly not more than a week.
Sambo assured Nigerians that a smooth and secured train ride is guaranteed while noting that the trains will not travel at night for now, while there is also going to be a review in train fares.
“I can assure you that we are a compassionate government and will consider the masses in the review of the train fare.”
We are not going to tell you what we have done. It is a security matter and I have no apologies for that.
“We’ll be monitoring it on a daily basis and improve on wherever we find some snags”.
“The ticketing called e-ticketing has already been contracted to a company, called secure ID. That concession has gone through the entire concession process under extant laws, including approval by the Federal Executive Council. So that concession remains in place for the duration of the concession period, which I think is 10 years”.
Sambo said that although only God can guarantee maximum security, he assured Nigerians that everything is in place to guarantee a secured and smooth train ride.
“We are not going to tell you what we have done. It is a security matter and I have no apologies for that.
“We’ll be monitoring it on a daily basis and improve on wherever we find some snacks”.
The Minister assured that Secured ID would continue to handle the e-ticketing services.
“The ticketing called e-ticketing has already been contracted to a company called secure ID. That concession has gone through the entire concession process under extant laws, including approval by the Federal Executive Council. So that concession remains in place for the duration of the concession period, which I think is 10 years”.
The Minister was accompanied by the Minster of State for Transportation, Ademola Adegoroye; Minister of Water Resources Eng. Suleiman Adamu; Managing Director, Nigeria Railway Corporation Fidet Okhiria; Chairman Governing Board Nigeria Railway Corporation Ibrahim Musa.
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