Operator of Terminals ‘C’ and ‘D’ of the Lagos Port Complex (LPC), Apapa, Lagos State, South-West Nigeria, ENL Consortium, has said that it is ready to pay off dockworkers who have elected to quit their jobs.
Legal Adviser of ENL Consortium, Barrister Uzamot Boye, said this in a press statement issued by the company in Lagos on Friday.
Boye also said that, contrary to claims in certain quarters, workers were issued with valid employment letters when they joined the company.
“It must be on record that these set of dockworkers elected to leave the terminals by themselves. Those of them who want to continue working with us, and who are in the majority, are at their job posts as we speak but the few that want to leave are free to do so.
“We have been meeting with the union and officials of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to work out modalities for their payments, which we are ready to pay in full in consonance with the NJIC (National Joint Industrial Council) agreement,” Boye said.
He said: “Everyone in the industry knows ENL Consortium to be a people-focused organisation. We empower our people and enable them to be the best. Our Executive Vice Chairman/CEO
places the welfare of workers above every other consideration.
“The few dockworkers who want to be paid off should be patient and work with their leaders. They will receive their full retirement benefits in line with negotiated agreements.”
The ENL Legal Adviser also accused the aggrieved dockworkers of allegedly causing disruptions and breaching the peace at the ports for no justifiable reasons.