MWUN, SSACGOC Kick Against Reintroduction Of Port  And Harbour Bill. 

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The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) and Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Companies (SSASCGOC) have raised alarm against plan by the National Assembly to reintroduced  the Ports and Harbour Bill.
The two leading union group in the Maritime sector disclosed that moves by the National Assembly to revisit the  Harbour Bill is an unpatriotic act by politicians.
This was made known on Monday 6th November during a joint press conference organized in Lagos by MWUN and SSASCGOC.
According to the President of the two union, Comrade Prince Adewale Adeyanju of  Maritime Workers Union and Comrade Akin Bodunde of SSASCGOC the move to reintroduce the rested bill can only be attributed to proliferation of ammunition, insecurity and diversion of national wealth into private pockets.
While predicting  security threats, job losses with privatization of harbours and jetties, the group
advised President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to be wary of the legislation as this  will kill his commitment to the creation of 5 million jobs for Nigerians through the newly created Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy.
According to the union groups, it could be  recalled that the bill which was earlier initiated in the 8th National Assembly was squashed from becoming law through the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians, stakeholders and the exerted efforts of the two in-house unions- MWUN  and SSASCGOC.
Expressing concern on the negative impact of the bill if passed into law, they said  “We wish to note that this said bill if allowed to be passed into law will have far reaching grave consequences on the security of the nation as it will cede harbour, jetty and terminal operations into private hands. We are therefore not surprised that the bill is being vigorously sponsored by certain unpatriotic individuals within the maritime sector, who are hell bent on appropriating our common wealth and cornering same into the lining of their individual pockets and that of their cronies.”
“We would have thought that given our persistent cry and various notices pointing to the deplorable state of our various nation’s seaports, decrepit state of port access roads, collapsing quay aprons, and the general failure of infrastructures within our ports the focus of this 10th National Assembly would have been to find solutions to the myriad of problems bedeviling our ports, terminals, jetties and Oil and Gas platforms and even the need to dredge all the ports particularly Calabar, Warri, Onne etc for increased efficiency,” they quipped.
They expressed worry that the sponsors of this bill outrightly ignored demands to call the International Oil Companies (10Cs) operating in the nation’s economic zones to obey Nigerian maritime regulations, standards and laws.
They however called on the Ministry of marine and National Assembly to ensure that the bill is not pass to law in other to ensure peace in the industry. “The Joint House Unions’, MWUN & SSACGOC use this medium to convey our believe to the Executive, National Assembly and the new Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy that this is certainly not the right way to go as this ploy by these selfish individuals in the maritime sector will cause chaos and anarchy in the industry which has enjoyed sustained peace since the idea of projecting the harsh Bill was killed in 2018 will not be allowed to come to fruition.”
“We note that the bill as being proposed, if passed into law will render the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) employees jobless and endanger the productivity of other port users. Even more sinister is the proposed idea of the Bill to provide wholly, employments that will not be pensionable as well as not transferable and without access to terminal benefits.
“This is the height of inconsideration by the proponents of the Bill to the right of workers to the necessary payment for services rendered by a worker, in accordance to known law, industrial relations practice, equity and good conscience.
“If passed into law, the bill will effectively institutionalize the evil concept of casualization of workers and as well negate the provisions of the Pension reform Act 2004 as amended.
“We confirm our absolute vote of confidence on the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Act as it currently relates to the Nigerian state and the well-being of the workers in the sector and we will vehemently RESIST all attempts to push this hellish bill further. We therefore demand for its withdrawal in its entirety,” they stressed.

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