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Maritime Workers Union employs beneficiaries of deceased workers

President, MWUN, Adewale Adeyanju at the port terminal with other members
The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria
(MWUN) has employed two family members of its deceased members to replace them.

The President of the Dockworkers’ Chapter
of the MWUN, Mr Adewale Adeyanju, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday
that the gesture was to support the families that had lost their breadwinners.

NAN reports that Messrs Samson Onyonya and
Pius Ifah died on active service at the Lagos port in September.

Adeyanju said, “The next-of-kin of each of
the deceased dockworkers will immediately take up the appointments formerly
occupied by our deceased members.

“We have to do this because they have lost
those who provided for them, and the best we can do is to ensure that their
families are not left to suffer.
“One of them, the late Pius Ifah, has a
family with children who are still of school age. So, besides feeding them,
they have to continue their schooling.
“The younger deceased dockworker, Samson
Onyonya, has aged parents whom he was looking after.
“They depended on him and it will only be
good for humanity to have his brother get a job that can continue to help their
aged parents,” Adeyanju said.
NAN reports that Mr Christopher Ifah, one
of those given the employment, is the son of late Mr Pius Ifah.
Mr Blessing Onyonya is a brother to late
Mr Samson Onyonya, who died in an incident at a port terminal in the course of
Responding, Mr Segun Afesumu, a member of
the Ifah family, appreciated the union for what he described as “a very kind
gesture’’ to support the family.
He commended Mr Adeyanju, the terminal
operators and stevedoring company that engaged his late brother on the job.
Also, Mr Jackson Oyovwikefe who spoke on
behalf of the Onyonyas, appreciated the president of the dockworkers’
organisation for offering the job to their son.

He said that with that gesture, Blessing Onyonya would
continue to look after the parents of his deceased brother.
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