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NPA will not re-engage dock labour contractors after December 15 expiration—MD

The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports
Authority (NPA), Malam Habib Abdullahi, on Wednesday said it would not
re-engage Dock Labour Contractors at the expiration of their contract on Dec.
15.

Abdullahi said in a message to a Stakeholders’
Meeting in Lagos that the NPA would by Dec. 15, be relieved of the
responsibility of engaging the dock labour contractors and making any payment
to them.
“It would, therefore, be expected that
the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), would take
over the responsibility of dealing with dock labour matters in line with its
statutory mandate’’, Omonibeke said.
Represented by the Executive
Director, Marine and Operations, Mr David Omonibeke, the managing director said
NPA was fully committed to maintenance of industrial harmony at the nation’s
seaports.
He said in a bid to demonstrate
this commitment, the NPA would continue to engage all stakeholders to that all
rules of engagement were followed for the benefit of all without running foul
of the law.
Abdullahi described the NPA as
a law-abiding corporate organisation which appreciated the roles of tally
clerks and on-board security men in ports operations.
He said the organisation
convened the meeting so that all conflicts in the sector could be properly
explained in line with the law and the provisions of the port reform.
Director, Maritime Services,
Federal Ministry of Transport, Alhaji Isa Galadanchi, urged all stakeholders to
express their views on the way forward in the maritime sector.
Galadanchi said there was the
need to agree on “who pays for the services of tally clerks and on-board
security men.’’
He urged all stakeholders to
channel their submissions for proper harmonisation through electronic mail to
the Federal Ministry of Transport.
The director promised to
reconvene the forum at a future date for a feedback on the decisions reached.
Stakeholders who made
presentations during the meeting included: the Maritime Workers Union of
Nigeria (MWUN), Seaport Terminal Operators of Nigeria (STOAN), Shipping
Companies and National Association of Stevedoring Companies.

Others were: Nigerian Maritime
Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC). 

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