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Disengaged Dockworker Wants NPA To Probe Severance Committee

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An aggrieved disengaged dock-worker in Rivers State, Mr Ilomabo Taylor, has called on the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to investigate the poor severance package paid to the disengaged workers by the NPA Severance Package Payment Committee.
The 67-year old dockworker expressed surprise that the committee was paying every disengaged worker the sum of N400,000 only irrespective of the years put in.
Mr Taylor, who is a disengaged tally clerk, told The Tide in Port Harcourt, that he put in over 40 years in service of the NPA but was only paid N400,000 by the payment committee.
He called on the NPA to investigate the committee responsible for the payment, insisting that the amount paid to the disengaged dockworkers is unthinkable and ridiculous.
Taylor alleged that the severance package for each disengaged dockworker was about N5 million, and wondered why the amount was reduced to less than half a million naira.
He lamented that since he was disengaged from the service, he had found it difficult to cater for his family or pay rent.
“I had suffered since 2015 when I was disengaged with others; no money to pay rent, children school fees, buy medications and other  bills”, Taylor lamented.
He disclosed that five of his colleagues died before the payment due to shock “because they heard that the money was less than half a million naira”.
The Deputy Secretary General Organising, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (NWUN), Comrade Abudu Eroje, had told The Tide two weeks ago, that the Federal Government approved 400,000 only for each of the disengaged dockworkers across the country.
Eroje described the disengaged workers as concessionaire staff (contract staff)  to the NPA and admonished them to invest their severance package meaningfully.   The Tide reports that over 309 persons were earmarked to be paid in Rivers Port Complex out of a total 2,100 disengaged dockworkers across the six ports in the country.

 

By: Chinedu Wosu

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NPA Board: Group Urges Buhari To Review Rickett’s Appointment 

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A Coalition of All Progressives Congress (APC) support groups in Cross River State, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to review the appointment of Mr Akin Rickett as Chairman, Governing Board, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
The coalition made the call in a statement signed by its Chairman, Mr Iso Bassey and Secretary, Mr Edo Owan, in Abuja yesterday.
It urged the president to investigate the process through which Rickett was appointed.
“APC in Cross River has more than enough critical stakeholders, leaders and members, who contributed immensely and reasonably to the growth of the party.
“These relevant stakeholders have cognate experience in leadership and also sacrificed for the party, served the state and country in various capacities.
“APC would be facing a fresh general election in 2023, hence the need to give appointments to political assets and those that would build the party for victory and not to give appointments based on friendship and sentiments.
“And we also urge the president to always consult critical stakeholders in the state in the event of any appointments,” the coalition said.

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Onne Port To Introduce Electronic Truck Call-Up System 

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The management of Onne Port in Rivers State has entered into partnership with the West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) to introduce Electronic Truck Call-Up System, to enhance its operations.
The port management said the Electronic Truck Call-Up system would enhance better traffic management in the port.
Manager, Onne Port, Alhasan Ismaila Abubakar, disclosed this in an interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt, recently.
He said that the system would enhance truck operations from the trailer parks within the port complex.
Abubakar said Dangote Group was also remodelling its jetty at the  Federal Operational Terminal (FOT) at the cost of $28.25 million with an export capacity of two million metric tons of clinker and import capacity of 0.75 million of gypsum.
According to him, both the export and import are expected to commence within the first quarter of 2020.
Abubakar said the port was currently undergoing expansion of its facilities to meet up with the growing bulk of urea export operation by Idorama Terminal.
He said that the urea export operation which is currently over 800 metric tons per annum, is expected to be sustained in 2020 and it was projected to reach two million tons by 2022.

 

By: Chinedu Wosu

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725 Vessels Berthed At Onne Port In 2019-Port Manager

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No fewer than 725 vessels of various capacities and sizes berthed in Onne Port in 2019.
This was as the port management said that there had been a reduction in terms of pirate attacks in the complex.
The port also received a general cargo of 535,336 metric tons in 2019.
This was made known to The Tide by the Manager, Onne Port,  Alhasan Ismaila Abubakar, during an interview in his office, Onne Complex.
He expressed delight that the port now recorded high level of container traffics in the Eastern ports, especially in oil and gas and general industrial equipment.
Abubakar said the port now enjoyed a current permissible draft of 10.6 metres.
Describing the port as the largest trafficker of oil and gas in the region, the manager said, Onne was a multi purpose port across West Africa.
“We can handle all containers, general cargoes, including cars in Onne Port”, he said.
The port manager said the port in 2019 handled over 23,723,453 liquid Bulk as well as  743,707 dry bulk.
The port, Abubakar said, handled 2,522,959 containers as against 2,234,301 in 2018.
He declared that a total of 2,429 boats were serviced in 2019 as against 1,678 in 2018.

 

By: Chinedu Wosu

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