Union Makes Case For Tally Clerks, Security At Ports

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The leadership of
Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), has urged management of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) to restore Tally clerks, onboard security men and others that were sacked from the nation’s ports.
Speaking to newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos, the Union’s National President, Comrade Tony Nted, said that the absence of such categories of workers at the nation’s ports was responsible for the recurrent scourge of tonnage under declaration and its negative impact on the nation’s economy.
Nted said that the leakage of revenue through under declaration of tonnage should be seriously tackled stressing that tally clerks and onboard security men should be reinstated to continue their critical job of uncovering and discouraging under declaration of tonnage which is often done with unholy collaboration of NPA, shipping companies, agents and terminal operators.
The union leader said that tally clerks are capable of stopping the under declaration of tonnage through independent physical tallying process.
He said that to sustain the revenue generation base of the government at the nation’s ports, the ports management need to reinstate over 2,000 workers in the categories of the tally clerks and onboard security men sacked on the advice of the shipping companies and terminal operators by the NPA management.
He said that the reinstatement of the sacked tally clerks and onboard security men by NPA will go a long way to reducing the number of unemployed Nigerians and also reduce the hardship of their families.