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Protest Mars Firm’s Operations At Onne Port

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Customs Area Comptroller Oyo/Osun Area Command, Mr Temitope Ogunkua showing newsmen some bags of  rice seized from smugglers in Ibadan, recently

Customs Area Comptroller Oyo/Osun Area Command, Mr Temitope Ogunkua showing newsmen some bags of rice seized from smugglers in Ibadan, recently

Protesting members of
the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) Seamen Branch, at the Federal Ocean Terminal (FOT), Onne Seaport, have embarked on a peaceful protest over an alleged sack of about 200 workers who are members of the union.
The protest paralysed activities of a maritime firm, Sea Truck Company. Irate workers blocked the gate of the company with vehicles to prevent staff and other customers from entering or exiting the premises of the company.
The Tide gathered that about three vehicles were used to block the gate of the company, thereby preventing vehicles from coming in or going out of the premises.
It was also gathered that as the protesting workers blocked the gate of the company, some security personnel attached to the company had forced some union executive to order their members to remove the vehicles or risk being shot, but to no avail as the protesting workers ignored all Police threats.
Our correspondent learnt that the protest was a directive from the President General of the Union, Comrade Tony Nted and other national officers over the sack of 200 maritime workers of the company without due process or dialogue with union executives.
The Tide correspondent further learnt that the union was compelled to take the action because war/sea truck management refused to honour invitation by the union executives to negotiate before any action.
Commenting on the protest, the State Chairman of MWUN, Comrade Jonah Jumbo said they had written to the management of the company twice for a dialogue when the latter sacked the first and second  batches of the workers totalling 130, while they also ignored a dialogue when sacking the third batch of 70 workers without due process.
Jumbo said the directive was from their national body to carry out the protest against  Sea Truck at Onne, stressing that it is a national exercise as similar actions took place simultaneously at the Lagos and Warri officers of the company over the same reasons.
He condemned the approach by the company for refusing to negotiate with the union before any action, adding that they were not against redundancy if things were not going well with the company, but to dialogue on a way forward.
“The company can look at other ways of cutting cost instead of arbitrary sacking Nigerian workers, while they left the expatriates”, he posited.

 

Collins Barasimeye

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Five Abducted MWUN Members, Three Others Regain Freedom

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The five kidnapped members of the Nigeria Maritime Workers Union, (MWUN) in Rivers State have regained their freedom from their captors.
The five maritime workers were released along with three other passengers that were kidnapped along Kula-Abonema waterway in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, last Monday.
.Their release was secured on Saturday evening sequel to the intervention of the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Bashir Jamoh, and other stakeholders.
Jamoh broke the news of their unconditional release in a statement to newsmen on Saturday night. 
The NIMASA boss, shortly after the release of the abducted five, informed the President-General of MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, at about 8:15 pm through a telephone conversation.
The abductees, Jamoh said, were all in good physical condition, saying the MWUN President General would provide a detailed report on the incidents surrounding the abduction early last week.
Jamoh did not, however, disclose if any ransom was paid to the abductors before securing their release.
The Tide recalls that the eight victims, including five MWUN members, were whisked away by gunmen suspected to be sea robbers while travelling from Kula in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State to Port Harcourt for a meeting.
The hoodlums were said to have demanded for N10 million ransom to free their victims. 
But the MWUN leadership in Rivers State vowed not to pay any ransom to the abductors of its five staff, and instead demanded for their unconditional release.
The union chairman, Comrade Jonah Jumbo, had given a 30-day ultimatum to the kidnappers to free its members, failure of which, the union would shut down all maritime operations in the state.
“In one month, if they are not released, we will shut down all maritime operations in the state”, he had threatened. 

By: Chinedu Wosu

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IMO Vows To Stop Piracy In GoG

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A global agency, International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has vowed to stop the menace of piracy and other criminal activities in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG). 
The organisation noted that the continuous activities of piracy and armed robbery along the Gulf of Guinea were capable of crippling international shipping in the region. 
According to IMO, piracy and other criminal activities along GoG damage the world economy and trade.
The Secretary-General of IMO, Kitack Lim, who stated this during the inaugural meeting of the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Collaboration Forum and Shared Awareness and De-confliction conference (GoG-MCF/SHADE, said, he was encouraged by the establishment of the forum.
“This situation has continued for several years and these illegal acts must be stopped. Now is the time to make real progress”, he said 
 Lim said IMO would continue to support training and other capacity-building activities for Gulf of Guinea states as well as assist cooperative regional efforts under the framework of the Yaoundé Code of Conduct.
The Yaounde Code of Conduct is an agreement signed by countries in the region that commit to working to repress piracy and armed robbery against shipping activities.
The secretary insisted that the security situation in the GoG remains at the top of the organisation.
He said that the GoG-MCF/SHADE was aimed at facilitating shared awareness and de-conflicting activities in the region by linking all relevant stakeholders to advanced and coordinated maritime security activities.
Lim acknowledged the positive strides in the area of inter-agency cooperation and response on a regional and international level, especially the anti-piracy legislation passed by Ghana, recent convictions of pirates in Togo, and Nigeria’s Deep Blue Project.
“At the request of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Gulf of Guinea Commission, IMO continues to work with the ICC Yaoundé, including supporting a series of regional expert level online meetings aiming to assess the implementation and sustainability of the Yaoundé Code of Conduct and to provide recommendations to the three organisations”, he said.

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Seafarers Lament Effects Of Covid-19

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The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA)  says the impact of Coronavirus pandemic, also known as Covid-19, in the country is negatively affecting the welfare of seafarers in the sector.
The union noted that the pandemic had created huge unemployment and forced investors to abandon the maritime sector.
The newly elected treasurer of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) in Rivers State, Comrade Jonah Jumbo, disclosed this during an interview with The Tide.
Comrade Jonah regretted that the pandemic had crippled maritime activities globally, saying most ship owners and management have abandoned shipping activities, thereby affecting the welfare of seafarers.
He said the Covid-19 pandemic had created unemployment amongst crew members in the sector as ship owners refused to engage certified seafarers on board vessels.
According to him, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced many investors in the marine sector to abandon their business as most sea vessels were stranded on the sea for months without discharging their cargoes.
“The impact of the pandemic is hitting harder on the welfare of the seafarers and their families.
“Investors in the marine sectors are no longer coming into the country to invest due to the global pandemic”, he said.
Jonah whose maritime activities span through eight states including Lagos, Kogi, Ondo, Bayelsa, Rivers, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Delta, called for prayers to salvage the maritime sector.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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