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Maritime workers to commence warning strike

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria is to embark on a three-day warning strike from Dec. 7 to protest the deplorable state of access roads to seaports in Lagos State.

In a communique it issued on Saturday in Lagos, MWUN said that the situation was no longer tolerable.

The communique was signed by the President-General of the union, Mr Adewale Adeyanju, and the Secretary-General, Mr Felix Akingboye.

It was issued after MWUN’s National Executive Council meeting in Lagos.

According to the communique, the union had at various occasions drawn the attention of the relevant authorities to the bad roads.

It said that the poor state of the access roads had made articulated vehicles block them, putting other road users through pains of losing man-hours and facing risks of accidents.

“The NEC in-session wishes to draw the attention of the Federal Government once again to the deplorable state of the access roads to the Lagos seaports and the dangers this poses to lives and property.

“To avoid unnecessary deaths as well as the loss of man-hour on the failed roads, the NEC in-session hereby calls on the Federal Government and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to urgently fix the access roads and make them motorable,” it said.

MWUN said that it’s NEC in-session unanimously approved the central working committee’s recommendation that the union proceeded on a three-day warning strike to bring to the public space its disappointment over the total neglect of the access roads to Lagos ports by successive governments, and the urgent need for the government to repair the roads.

“From Second Rainbow to the ports, in the last three weeks, it takes not less than five to seven hours to access the ports depending on when you get trapped.

“When you are leaving the ports, you even spend more hours from the ports to the same Second Rainbow.

“A lot of innocent lives have been lost, many have been maimed by hoodlums who rob and dispossess victims of their belongings,” it said.

The union said that the response from the government would determine its next line of action after the warning strike.

Source: Punch

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