Comrade Adeyanju Bags League’s Meritorious Award on Peace Initiative in Maritime

Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, President General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria

 Shola Fadeyi

Princess(Dr) Vicky Hasstrup presenting the Meritorious Award on Peace Initiative to( Mr Oniah Irazua, the Dep. Sec. Gen. of MWUN) , the representative of Comrade Adewale Adeyanju , the President General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria at a Town Hall Meeting on Effective Digitalization of the Seaports , organised by the League of Maritime Editors and Publishers , who also gave the Award at the Rockview Hotel, Lagos recently.

For his unalloyed commitment to the promotion of  peace in the maritime sector of , Comrade Adewale Adeyanju , the President General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has been conferred with a  Meritorious Award, by the   League of Maritime Editors and Publishers, (LOMEP).

Comrade Adeyanju bagged  the Award, during the Town Hall Meeting on  ‘Effective Digitalization of   the Nigerian  Seaports     organised by LOMEP at the Rockview Hotel, Apapa, Lagos, over the weekend.

In a citation read on him   by the League’s Vice President, Shola Fadeyi, who is also the Chairman , organizing committee of the Town Hall Meeting/ Award , during  the presentation of the Award to   him, represented by Mr Oniah Irazu , the Deputy Secretary General of the MWUN , it was stated that he won the award for his Peace initiative.

According to the citation,  Comrade Adeyanju’s love  for  peace has made him to always adopt the instrument of collective bargaining agreement and negotiations to amicably  resolve issues between the Union and its members employers , instead of resorting to unnecessary strike actions, that will disrupt the peace of  the maritime sector.

The Chairman of the Seaports Terminals Operators of Nigeria (STOAN) , Princess (Dr) Vicky  Hasstrup  ,who presented the award to Comrade   Adeyanju  on behalf of  the League also attested to  the role, he played in promoting peace in the maritime sector , despite that he was a labour leader, saying that he deserved the  honour  given to him by the LOMEP.

The League said that Adeyanju’s capacity to utilize  the instrument of collective bargaining to handle conflicts, the fact that he’s   peace lover , a good  labour leader , a detribalized   Nigerian , a compassionate person , a philanthropist, nationalist, a bridge builder, devout muslim, a patriot , a conscientious  person , an advocate of justice  ,  a patriot and a reformer per excellence, community leader , a  devout muslim and a good family man  were qualities that earned him  the award.


The citation disclosed that through Adeyanju’s  robust leadership style , he has  ensured that  none of his members  suffers maltreatment or discrimination from  their  employers, through  his engagement with  relevant  organisations ,saying that  he  has  been unwavering  in making sure that  maritime workers  are better remunerated among their peers across the globe.


The League stated that  because of Comrade Adeyanju’s  love for peace , he would always want to leave behind a   legacy  of sustenance of peace , a well remunerated maritime worker and a maritime industry , where dockworkers, NPA  personnel, shipping workers, seafarers would be given their due respect.


It said  Adeyanju   reformed  the union , introduced the members into the pension scheme , while he used his first tenure as the President General of the MWUN  to change the perception of stakeholders about   the Union  as that ,characterised by acts of  hooliganism,  and to introduce a robust and organised  leadership  which believes in dialogue a  to agree on issues.


According to  the Citation, because  Adeyanju is a firm believer of the fact that the  primary objective of any union leader is to protect the  welfare of his members, he’s using his second tenure to continue to doggedly  improve on the welfare of the members  and maintain peace in the maritime sector


It said  Adeyanju , from time, has been blessed with the rare  managerial  qualities of   leadership , discernment and has been known to be a   thoroughbred professional , who has been equipped adequately for the arduous task of management of men and material.


Comrade Adeyanju has been the President General of the  Maritime Workers Union  of MWUN  since 2017,  when he won  a landslide election into the position,  and won a second term, early  this  year .Before then, he was the  National Treasurer and  President of the Dockworkers Union of Nigeria (DUN) ,  for two terms each.