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Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria to embark on industrial action over poor access roads to Ports

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The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria
(MWUN) has declared its resolution to embark on a strike soon if the port
access roads remain in their dilapidated state.

President – General of the Union,
Adewale Adeyanju, told newsmen that the state of the roads to the ports had
left untold hardship on members of the Union, who like other workers in the
port city suffer, long hours in the unending Apapa traffic.

Adeyanju lamented the conditions of
the road leading to the Tin-can Island Port as commuters spend long hours on
the road or have to resort to walking as even motorbikes find it difficult to
ply the road.

He said that the Union had suspended
its industrial action the last time because of the promise that the roads would
be fixed, but that the construction work had taken a rather slow pace than
imagined.

He said: “If you remember vividly, we
only suspended the strike action the last time, and the way things are going
now, we may be forced to resume the ultimatum and commence our strike action
and the strike will be total if care is not taken. So, it will be better for
the government to talk to the contractor handling the job to expedite action on
it.

Speaking further, Adeyanju said the
situation should be blamed on the shipping companies for a lack of holding bays
and the dilapidated roads rather than the Presidential Taskforce put in place
to manage the traffic gridlock in the port city.

“How do you expect the Presidential
Task Force to work when the road is not good? The task force cannot perform
when the roads are bad. If we are blaming the task force, let’s also blame the
shipping companies for not having holding bays. Where are they putting their
empty containers?

“Ordinarily, if a truck driver does
not have any job to load at the port, why is he bringing his truck and empty
container to the port?,” Adeyanju added.

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