Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, yesterday, said no fewer than 20 shipping companies, had shut operations in Nigeria due to unfavourable government’ policies, leading to the retrenchment of over 3000 workers in the last one year, according to the Vanguard.
At a briefing, President-General of the union, Mr. Anthony Emmanuel Nted, among other things, lamented that the jobs of over 2000 workers were also on the line and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene to save the sector from imminent collapse.
Nted who declined to name the affected shipping companies, said they were verifiable in the ports, however warned that many more shipping companies were on the verge of folding up and were only doing skeletal services at the moment.
Continuing, he said: “Today, we lament the action of the management of Nigeria Ports Authority, NPA, in also planning to sack a section of the Dockworkers, especially theTally Clerks and Onboard Security men in spite of their importance and relevance in the Port operations, as it affects the reoccurring scourge of tonnage under declaration and its negative impact on the nation’s economy.
“The leakage of revenue through under declaration of tonnage should be seriously tackled. In this regard, we reiterate that Tally Clerks and Onboard Security men should be allowed to continue the critical job of uncovering and discouraging under tonnage which is often done with the unholy collaboration of NPA, shipping companies, agents and terminal operators.
“The Tally Clerks and onboard security men are capable of preventing these economic crimes as they were doing through their independent and physical tallying process.
“Over 2000 workers (Tallyclerks and onboard security men) are involved.”