The Dockworkers Branch
of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has staged a peaceful protest over the alleged federal government plan to sack 3,500 tally clerks and on board securitymen at the seaports.
Addresing workers at the Port Harcourt Port, Wednesday the Eastern Zonal Vice President, MWUN, Comrade Waite Harry, expressed concern over what he described as the insensitivity of the government to look into the plight of the affected workers going into its campaign slogan of job creation.
According to him, inimical government policy has led to diversion of ships to other neigbouring countries’ sea ports leading to low shipping traffic, loss of revenue, job cut and poor port operations in the nation’s sea ports.
He urged government to review those unfavourable policies, noting that diversion of ships outside Nigerian Ports would encourage smuggling activities.
Comrade Harry, posited that tally clerks-on board security men registered dock workers have full right to work and wondered why the management of the Ports Nigerian Authority (NPA) should prefer engaging the services of cargo surveyors to replace tally clerks in the ports due to political patronage and selfish reasons.
He called on President Buhari to clear the allegation that his government directed NPA management to sack port workers, an action, he said is at variance with the new administration’s promise for full employment and not dislocation of employment.
The zonal vice president, described the move as an economic sabotage that posed a security risk to the nation’s sea ports.