Flooding: Maritime Workers Ask FG To Dredge Calabar, Warri, Port-Harcourt Ports
Fred Omotara, Lagos
The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) on Thursday urged the Federal Government to prioritize the dredging of Calabar, Warri, Port-Harcourt ports to forestall the menace of dredging being experienced in Lokoja axis of Kogi State.
Speaking when he led a delegation to visit the Minister of Transportation, Alhaji Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, President General of MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju also used the occasion to call on the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to speed up the process of issuance of Biometric Identity Cards to dock workers and Seafarers Identification Document (S.I.D) to seafarers to checkmate the influx of unauthorized persons at the Ports.
Comrade Adeyanju also informed that they came on a courtesy visit to congratulate the Minister on his appointment and discuss some important matters bothering the association.
Welcoming the workers, the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, stated that maritime workers are vital not only to the maritime industry but to Nigeria’s economy as a whole.
The Minister noted that his tenure is short and would require their support, advice and guidance to enable him leave legacy projects before his tenure terminates on May 29, 2022.
According to Mu’azu: “If we deliver on our promises before the end of this administration, we would have left some legacies for Nigerians. On the other hand, those we didn’t achieve will a foundation for others to build on.
Speaking further, the Minister informed the Union that he is part and parcel of the maritime industry, having started his public service career with the Nigerian Ports Authority, acknowledging that sheer providence has brought him back to the sector, hence he have no reason to tell Nigerians that he recorded not a single achievement while at the helm of affairs in Transportation Ministry