- Backs Maritime Workers’ Decision to Shelve Strike
NPA MD, Hadiza Bala Usman (Middle) , President General Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria(MWUN) , Comrade Adeyanju and Engineer Adams Jatto, GM, Corporate & Strategic Communications
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is to finally introduce into the seaports, from January 2021 , the long expected electronic call up system , through which trucks would be invited to access the Nigerian seaports in an orderly manner .
Consequently, it has assured members of the maritime workers union and other stakeholders that the problem of congestion and rent seeking on access roads to the ports will soon become a thing of the past with the deployment of the call up system .
NPA however said that it is working with the Lagos State Government to provide truck holding bays as part of the implementation of the e-call up system.
It made the revelation in a Statement issued on its behalf by its Assistant General Manager Corporate &Strategic Communications , Ibrahim Nasiru , while it lauded members of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) for shelving their proposed three-day warning strike scheduled to have started on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.
NPA said the withdrawal of the strike followed several hours of deliberations between the Union and the Management on Tuesday December 8, 2020.
It stated that in the interim, management is liaising with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing for the immediate commencement of remedial works on failed portions of the port access road, as well as partnering with the Lagos State Government to deploy law enforcement officers for the maintenance of sanity along the Port Logistic Ring.
It also directed shipping companies to be responsible for the movement of empty containers from their holding bays to the Port while consignees are to drop empty boxes at the designated empty container holding bays.
NPA warned that failure of shipping companies to remove empty containers at the holding bay will attract sanctions.
It likewise reiterated the directive to all shipping companies to ensure that the size of their respective empty container holding bay is commensurate with the volume of containers they bring into the ports in line with NPA policy on empty containers, saying that failure to adhere to the directive will attract sanctions.
The organization called on all stakeholders and port users to go about their businesses as ports operations will continue unhindered.