Following the rising flood in some communities in the Country, the leadership of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has called on Federal Government to dredge Rivers, Calabar, and Warri Ports to check the menace.
MWUN said the dredging of the ports, if timely done, would forestall the dreaded flooding currently witnessed in Lokoja, Delta, Rivers, Yenagoa and Kogi States
President General, MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, made the call during a courtesy visit on the Minister of Transportation, Mr Mu’azu Jaji Sambo.
“My visit is to congratulate the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, on his appointment and discuss some important matters bothering the Association and the need to dredge the ports.
He urged the Minister to support the Director General of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, on the need for urgent issuance of Seafarers’ Identification Documents (SID).
Adeyanju said the issuance would checkmate the influx of quacks into the sensitive areas of the industry.
“I want to use the occasion to call on NIMASA to speed up the process of issuance of Biometric Identity Cards to dock workers and S.I.D to Seafarers.
“This will checkmate the influx of unauthorised persons at the ports,” he said.
Earlier, the Minister said the Federal Government has identified the nation’s maritime workforce as a critical factor to stable and rapid economic development, which must continuously be encouraged.
He noted that the workers were vital, not only to the maritime industry, but to the Nigerian economy as a whole, saying that he was conscious that his tenure was short, but would ensure that with the support, advice and stakeholders’ guidance, it will leave legacy projects before May 29, 2023.
“If we deliver on our promises before the end of this administration, we will have left some legacies for Nigerians. On the other hand, those we didn’t achieve will be a foundation for others to build on,” Sambo said.
He told the Union that he is an inseparable part of the maritime industry, having started his public service career with the Nigerian Ports Authority.
“Sheer providence has brought me back to the sector, hence I have no reason to tell Nigerians that I recorded not a single achievement while at the helm of affairs in the Transportation Ministry,” he said.
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Fuel Price Hike: PH, Bonny Passengers May Pay N4,000 Before Christmas
Following the increase in petrol pump price in Rivers State to N230 per liter, Bonny Maritime Transport Association (BMTA) says passengers travelling to Bonny Island from Port Harcourt may have to pay N4,000 each before Christmas.
The Association said boat operators along Bonny routes are facing difficulties in getting petrol to power their boats to the Island.
BMTA said the petroleum pump price has also forced the prices of spare parts beyond the reach of the poor.
Disclosing this to The In Port Harcourt in a telephone interview, Marine Safety Officer, BMTA, Comrade Kim Dimkpa, expressed regret that passengers to the Island are passing through difficulties, saying since the petroleum pump price hike, passengers now pay N3,000 to Bonny
He insisted that if the pump price is not checked, the Association would be forced to increase the fair to N4,000 before Christmas.
Dimkpa said in the past when the pump price were N150 per liter, fair to Bonny was N2,000 to ,N2,500 per passenger.
The Safety Officer appealed to relevant government agencies responsible for control of the pump price to come to the aid of the masses in Nigerian by ensuring that the price remains affordable.
“I call on the NNPC, and other relevant agencies for the control of petroleum pump price to assist the masses and reduce the price to N150 per litre to save lives.
“Boat operators, bus drivers and other end users depend daily on the product to survive.
“Our leaders are not helping matters, the masses are dying everyday of economic hardships, the rich are getting richer every day, while the poor masses are dying of hunger and starvation in the midst of plenty”, Dimkpa said.
He appealed to State Governors and other stakeholders in the industry to intervene in reverting to the old pump price of N150 per liter for consumers.
By: Chinedu Wosu
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