Maritime Unions Suspend Strike At Apapa Port
The two unions in the maritime industry have decided to call off the strike embarked upon by their members over the proposed amendments to the Nigerian Ports Authority Act, 1955.
The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) and the Senior Staff Association of Communications, Transport and Corporations (SSACTAC), Maritime Branch had on Tuesday began a strike to force the hands of the National Assembly, which had refused to respond to their letter written last June, expressing opposition to the proposed amendment.
The strike was called off following the successful intervention by the federal government.
The President-General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Adewale Adeyanju stated this while addressing the workers.
He said that the government had assured the workers that it would look into their grievances.
The workers, whose protest stems from the proposed amendments to the Nigerian Port Authority Act, made their agitations hit home by blocking all the entrances to the Apapa Port, effectively leading to a shutdown of commercial activities at Nigeria's biggest port.
Already, the Ports and Harbours Authority Bill, 2015 which seeks to repeal the Nigerian Ports Authority Act 1955 as amended, has been passed by the Senate and is awaiting the concurrence of the House of Representatives.
The said bill had already passed the second reading at both chambers of the National Assembly, and was sponsored by a member of the House of Reps, Nicolas Ossai.