The Maritime Staff Union of Nigeria (MWUN), on Friday, threatened to close down all ports operations within the subsequent seven days over the Worldwide Oil Corporations (IOCs) disregard to legal guidelines permitting dockworkers and Stevedoring corporations into their operational areas.
Already, the union’s has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Authorities inside which to satisfy their demand or face a complete shut down of ports throughout the nation.
The union mentioned in a press release launched on Friday that the seven-day ultimatum is to compel the IOCs to permit Stevedoring corporations and Dockworkers into their operational areas as required by legislation, regretting that the IOCs have refused to permit them previously eight years regardless of the provisions of Nigerian legal guidelines.
Within the assertion signed by the President-Normal of MWUN, Prince Adeyanju Adewale and Secretary-Normal, Felix Akingboye, the union warned that if on the expiration of the ultimatum their demand just isn’t met, “all ports operations nationwide can be shut till the union’s calls for are met.”
The union lamented the silence of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Nationwide Petroleum Company (NNPC), and the Federal Authorities to the non-compliance of the IOCs to extant Stevedoring laws and the Marine/Authorities Discover No. 106 on Stevedoring laws, 2014, issued by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Company (NIMASA).
The assertion mentioned: “The extant stevedoring/ marine discover is the operational pointers to all dock labour employers and personal operators of any work location together with Ports, Jetties, Onshore or Offshore Oil and Fuel or bonded terminals, inland container depots (ICDs), off-dock terminals, dry ports and platforms. The legislation stipulates that government-appointed and NIMASA registered stevedores and Dockworkers shall be allowed entry by the IOCs to the operational areas allotted to them by the NPA.
“We want to additional draw the general public consideration to the repressive observe of the IOCs by denying our members (Dockworkers) entry to their operational areas and consequently, denying the Dockworkers the chance to earn wages. To worsen the matter, these IOCs have flooded the operational areas with aliens/foreigners on the expense of native employees and in breach of statutory laws together with the Native Content material Act, NIMASA and NPA act that prescribe indigenising of the workforce.
“It will likely be recalled that this matter grew to become worrisome in 2018 which compelled the union to declare a three-day nationwide strike earlier than the intervention of the Ministry of Transportation which summoned a stakeholders’ assembly together with the IOCs and the union. In the long run, a communique was reached on the way to deal with the matter.
“It’s regrettable that up until now, the content material of the communique has not been carried out. Additionally it is very painful and unhappy that the Federal Authorities and its companies particularly the Ministry of Transportation and the NPA, for the previous 4 years have did not compel the IOCs to not solely adjust to the statutory laws however to additionally adjust to the communique reached on the stakeholders’ assembly of 2018.
“We’ve got endured sufficient guarantees and the same old authorities gimmicks of ‘we’re trying on the matter’. After a number of deceptions and unfulfilled guarantees, we determined to take our future into our arms. We imagine that these IOCs have some issues to cover which they don’t want Nigerians to concentrate on, and that is particularly bothersome on this period of accelerating insecurity throughout the nation.”
It added: “In view of the continued denial of our members (Dockworkers) employment alternatives by the IOCs at designated oil and gasoline places with its damaging affect on the welfare of our members, along with their continued disrespect for our legal guidelines, we’re constrained to challenge a 7-day ultimatum ranging from right now Friday ninth April 2021 to the Federal Authorities, the NNPC, NPA and NIMASA, to as a matter of nationwide curiosity, instantly compel the IOCs to conform and obey the statutory laws, and likewise implement the communique earlier reached.
“We want to additional inform most people that failure of the Federal Authorities and its companies to compel the IOCs to adjust to the foundations on or earlier than the expiration of this seven-day ultimatum, the union may have no possibility than to close down all types of operations on the ports, terminals, jetties and different cargo dealing with places within the nation to press residence our calls for.”
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