By Asuquo Nuwak
…says Ministry of Maritime Not Necessary But Efficient Management Of The Industry
… Receives Maritime Labour Icon Award
The President-General of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Prince Adewale Adeyanju, tasked the In-coming Government to develop Calabar and Warri ports, as it has become imperative to enhance greater productivity in the sector.
Comrade Adeyanju, who spoke during MAJAN Roundtable, held at MAJAN Secretariat, Apapa, in Lagos, urged the in-coming administration to initiate policies aimed at giving more attention to development of Calabar, Warri and other ports rather than focusing more attention only on Lagos ports, whereas other ports can be developed to boost economic growth in the industry.
Continuing, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, who is also the Deputy National President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), further blamed the present administration for failure to put the ports access roads in good shape, like what is applicable in other countries.
In addition to the neglect of port access roads, Tincan Island port, for instance, has been taken over by artisans, food vendors cooking on roads, while other commercial activities are taking place there. His words: “Make a walk to Tincan Island port in the evening, what you will see are pupils in their uniforms playing on the major road. This is not the only place, there are other places outside Lagos. For example, the road leading to Onne port is nothing to reckon with. we are hopeful that the In-coming administration will address these issues”.
In addressing the issue of creating a separate ministry for maritime industry, Prince Adewale Adeyanju, disclosed that the creation of the ministry for maritime is not the solution to the problems militating against the growth of the sector.
Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, in a statement during MAJAN Roundtable, stressed the need for efficient management in the sector as against creating another ministry within a ministry.
He urged the in-coming administration to put the right people in management positions, in order to increase productivity and achieve efficiency in the industry.
The President of MAJAN, Comrade Ray Ugochukwu, in a welcome address, described Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, as a reputable Maritime Labour Icon, who has through hard work, dedication and doggedness successful liberated maritime workers from oppression by their employers.
In his response, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, expressed his great pleasure on the proactiveness of Maritime Journalists in reporting activities in the sector.
As part of the activities to grace the occasion, Maritime Journalists Association of Nigeria (MAJAN) honoured Prince Adewale Adeyanju, with the prestigious Maritime Labour Icon Award.
It is in consideration of his leadership prowess and outstanding performance, coupled with hard work, dedication to duty and selfless service to humanity that MAJAN deemed it necessary to confer on President-General of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria with Maritime Labour Icon Award.
Comrade Adewale Adeyanju took time out to inspect MAJAN Secretariat.
Comrade Bolaji, in-charge of ABTL and ENL Terminal and Comrade Wole, in-charge of Tincan Island District 1, all from Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, were in attendance during the President-General visit and inspection of MAJAN Secretariat.