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Maritime Workers Union threatens port shut down over deplorable access road

File Photo: Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, President-General MWUN

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria(MWUN) has issued
threats of shutting 
down the nation’s ports as a result of the poor conditions of the port access roads.

It would be recalled that the Union had about a year
ago signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Federal Government to have
the Tin- Can Island end the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway fixed.

President-General of the Union, Comrade Adewale
Adeyanju, stated this while receiving Alhaji Ahmed  Gambo, the Executive Director,
Maritime Labour and Cabotage Service of the Nigerian Maritime Administration
and Safety Agency (NIMASA) who paid a working visit to the Union weekend.
Adeyanju noted that the MoU signed by the Union and the
Government in 2018 for the repairs of the Ijora-Apapa and the Oshodi-Apapa
Expressways before the end of the second quarter, had elapsed.
Acknowledging the government’s efforts at
reconstructing the Ijora-Apapa axis of the road, Adeyanju said government had
however failed to do same for the Oshodi-Apapa road.
He, therefore, called on the government to make actionable
efforts at getting the deplorable portion of the roads fixed.
Adeyanju said:“The vice president of this great country
came to visit the port last year. He saw the situation of the port and a
contract was awarded to the same man constructing the Wharf Road linking Apapa
port,  but we want to know what is
happening to Tin-Can Island port access road.

“What we are saying is that the government should put some palliative measures
on ground which we know will reduce the gridlock on the road and that is the
essence of saying we might be forced to renew our suspended ultimatum.”

The Union Boss said it had remained difficult for port
users and others to access the Tin-Can Island Port, just as it is difficult to
access Mile 2.
He noted that the Union had since last year, during a
meeting held, requested for an upgrade of the roads through palliative measures,
because Apapa was still under construction at that time.
The Union is now very concerned about the deplorable
condition of the Tin-Can port access road.

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