MWUN lauds NIMASA for sustained industrial peace
President General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, has commended the management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for ensuring total compliance to the National Judicial Industrial Council (NJIC) agreement, which he said, has created sustained peace in the maritime sector.
Adeyanju who stated this when he led the union on a courtesy visit to the agency’s headquarters over the weekend, said as soon as the agency midwifed and ensured compliance of the agreement, rift between the union and the agency ceased.
Adeyanju, who was received by the Director-General of NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside, commended the mutual understanding between workers and terminal operators, while stating that the era of picketing was over following the stability that has been created in the ports.
Speaking, Peterside, reiterated that workers welfare was paramount to ensuring peace in the maritime sector, which led to the agency midwifing the signing of the NJIC agreement between the workers and operators of terminals and jetties.
He pledged to deploy resources within the agency’s enabling capabilities to support the growth of the nation’s maritime workforce, acknowledging the roles seafarers and dockworkers play in the sector.
“Let me assure you that NIMASA is a home to every maritime worker. From the advent of this administration, we have noted that you believe in dialogue and not confrontation in dealing with issues as they pertain to our operational relationship.
“We believe that human element is the greatest asset in our quest to ensure the growth and development of the maritime sector. Without human element, our equipment and other resources are useless.
“When we engage, we understand each other better. I am glad that you have chosen that approach because I believe it is the way to go and the way to achieve result and enjoy an era of peace and stability in the sector.
Our new capacity development initiatives are now tailored towards growing human capacity in the sector for immediate employment,” Peterside said.
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