Union unveils ‘The Maritime Labour Voice’ magazine
The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) on Wednesday in Lagos, launched its in-house magazine titled ‘The Maritime Labour Voice.’
The unveiling of the magazine which took place at the Rockview Hotel, Apapa, Lagos, was done by the chairman of SIFAX Group, Dr Taiwo Afolabi, who was also the chief launcher.
In his opening remark, President General of the MWUN, Prince Adewale Adeyanju, recognised that the magazine was a collective initiative of the Union’s leadership as well as from its members. He added that the magazine would serve as a voice to address diverse issues concerning the work environment for the purpose of industrial peace.
Speaking about the nation’s blue economy resources and potential for socio-economic development with respect to food, mineral resources and maritime transport, Adeyanju described Nigeria as a blessed maritime nation with valuable water resources.
He emphasised the need for government to give priority attention to risk assessment of the different manner of threats against the maritime industry development.
On her part, Chairperson of the Seaport Terminal Operators of Nigeria (STOAN), Princess Vicky Haastrup, who chaired the occasion, praised the initiative to establish the magazine as an effort that would speak to issues and share information that would foster better understanding of the maritime workers.
She appreciated The President General for his leadership style that first considers roundtable talks in addressing issues of concern. She particularly lauded the MWUN for its immense and consistent contribution to the growth of the maritime industry.
Representing the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Mohammed Bello-Koko, Mrs Sarah Ballah, described the Marine and Blue Economy Ministry as a game -changer in Nigeria, considering its contribution to the nation’s economy.
She expressed hope that the magazine would be sustained to keep serving its beneficial purpose.
Also commending the MWUN for the magazine initiative, President of the Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Companies (SSASCGOC) Maritime Branch, Comrade Akin Bodunde, commended MWUN for the magazine initiative.
He also described the magazine as a means of communicating the enormous challenges facing workers in the maritime industry.
Barr. Osuala Nwagbara was the guest speaker at the magazine unveiling event, which welcomed key industry stakeholders.