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Pilfering Dockworkers: Trending video not recorded in Nigeria – MWUN Boss

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MWUN threatens to declare state of emergency on shipping sector
…As Suspected Smuggler is felled by Customs bullet in Ogun***

The President General, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju at the weekend highlighted that a currently trending video, showing some Dockworkers allegedly pilfering cargo off a RoRo ship was not taken place in Nigeria.

He indicated this in his office, stressing that not only had detailed investigation showed it neither took place in Tin Can Island Port nor, Apapa, but that even the present body of Dockworkers are reformed, refine and too enlightened to engage in such practices.

“The video they are parading in social media alleging misdemeanour by some port workers did not emanate from this country.

“Today’s  dock workers under my command are trained, to a standard, they are responsible, they are entitled to so many things, their renumeration is ongoing, their pensions is ongoing, their gratuity is ongoing; so they cannot get themselves involved in that negative report as you have seen in social media.

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“I think I can tell you the background of dock workers, because myself before I rose to this post, I was a dock worker and I am still one. What we are having now, is something we were having for almost fifteen years now.

 

“I think the average life of a dock worker would have improved more than this, because fifteen years ago, we didn’t have gratuity, there was nothing like pension, there was nothing like terminal benefit for dock workers working in the port. But when we came in on board, I think what we have done, was to make sure that we go into collaboration with the terminal operators, who happened  to be our principal employers, and NIMASA  happened to mid-wife the collective bargaining agreement that the dock workers today are enjoying.

“So averagely today, I can tell you that  they have employers, they have what we call terminal benefits , they have gratuity, and they are pensionable, and this CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) is reviewed every two years with the Terminal operators, and its mid-wifed by NIMASA.

“We have what we call Group Life Insurance for all the dock workers in the port; we know there is what we call hazard, domestic hazard, and they are being insured by their employers.

“If anyone has an accident, the union will always make sure that whatever that belong to him is fought, secured for them, and we get it for them.

“We don’t want to start doing what we have buried in the past, besides, some of the dock workers are graduate; some of them are into universities, some of them have enrolled in an Open University, the mentality have changed, unlike what it was before, when anybody can see you on the road and slap you or get you butchered in the name of being a dock worker.

That, is no longer there! Those ones you are seeing in the video are the unserious element. It is not from Nigeria.

“It is the responsibility of NIMASA to carry out bio-metric ID card and registrations of responsible dock workers, working in the port. So you will be able to identify the good and the bad, and what I have done last week and today is to re-emphasize the order I have given to the president of dock workers and his executives, that those influx that have nothing to do in their port, must be kept out.

“They have ways of doing it: if you are not a worker working with particular company ‘A’, what are you doing in their port?!

“And if he says: ‘I am a dock worker’ , where is your ID card? Who are you working with, or who are you working for?

“This is ongoing, the NIMASA will do that anytime from now, by way of registering the dock workers and issuing them the bio-metric ID card; that way, one will identify whether you are dock worker or you are not dock worker! So, you cannot just come into my terminal, if you are not a dock worker. That’s the stand of the Union. We are working together with NIMASA. We are partnering with them to make sure that the bio-metric ID card will be issued out anytime from now!”, Prince Adeyanju indicated further.

Speaking on his appointment into the NSITF Board, Comrade Adeyanju explains:

“The job entails that I am representing Nigerian workers on the board of NSITF. As I am talking to you, even the Maritime sectors, majority may not know what NSITF is all about, let alone their rights and their benefits. But my being onboard is to let every worker know that they have an able body representing them; for anyone that has an accident, it is the responsibility of the NSITF to report and to make sure they recommend to their employers, to make sure that they pay what belongs to such person, whether as direct workers or agent workers!”, he concluded.

In the meantime, a yet to be identified, suspected smuggler was on Monday felled by Customs bullet, following an alleged futile attempt to disarm an Officer in the wee hours in Ogun State.

The Ogun Customs Command Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Maiwada  in an explanation, said trouble began at Adisba, along Idiroko -Otta Road in Owode local government area, around 2am, when Customs officers on routine patrol intercepted a vehicle conveying prohibited items suspected to have been smuggled into Nigeria.

“At the initial stage, the suspected smuggler conveying the aforementioned  items took to his heels and later mobilised his compatriots for a mob action against lawful officers.

 

Pilfering Dockworkers: Trending video not recorded in Nigeria - MWUN Boss

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“In the process,  the suspected smuggler and owner of the smuggled items engaged an armed  officer in physical battle in a bid to disarmed him. In the ensuing struggle, the officer appropriately exercised his superior power in *self defence* leading to the death of the yet to be identified  smuggler.

“As at the time of filling this report, the deceased have been deposited in an undisclosed mortuary, while the exhibit is secured in Government Warehouse pending further investigation”, the Command Image maker stated further, stressing that the Service is only  implementing Federal Government policies.

He advised Nigerians to be law abiding and avoid any confrontation that may lead to such avoidable incident, emphasizing that an armed officer would always defend himself when his live is evidently in danger.

 

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Emulate the LTT, NPA Enjoins Industry Stakeholders

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As the Marine firm donates Rader, Communication gadgets, expressing commitment to make things better

The Nigerian Ports Authority at the weekend enjoined stakeholders to selflessly support the Authority’s bid to move efficiency to the next level, even as it thanked the LTT and Coastal Marine Services for its commitment to assisting in strengthening port operations.

The Executive Director of Marine and Operations, Mr. Olalekan Badmus stated this, while witnessing the official installation of the LTT donated equipment, meant to fill up certain operational gaps, thereby improving harbour efficiency.

*L-R: The Apapa Port Manager, Mr. Charles Okaga, the NPA Executive Director, Marine & Operation, Mr. Olalekan Badmus and the LTT Group Managing Director, Mr. Hilik Yichiel Kalusky during the equipment inspection at the Port’s Tower, Bull Nose, Apapa, Lagos, at the weekend.

The Items included a full VHF, AIS, screens to obtain on-the-spot assessment of the channel; walkie-talkie, and backup inverters with the capacity to work on solar and battery. Their provision is expected to significantly bridge the power gaps, communication, and visual gaps.

“This is a welcome development and my message is to enjoin other stakeholders to emulate the LTT and contribute in whatever ways that will ensure that things get better.

*Executive Director, Marine and Operation, Mr. Olalekan Badmus, during the equipment inspection

“What the LTT has done is commendable and we know it would have an appreciable impact in boosting our efficiency.

“The LTT has demonstrated it’s goodwill; and like the Yoruba saying goes: We will praise you for this one, to motivate you to do more!”, the Executive Director, Olalekan Badmus further stated.

Earlier in his address, the cheerful-donor, and LTT Managing Director, Kalusky Hilik had highlighted that the major reason for the action was to make things work.

“We are here to make things work. Our vision is to make things work better”, Hilik Kalusky stated, stressing that his major concern had been to ensure an all-round port’s full, functional regime.

He said this is because, whether it is raining, sunny, or harmattan, ships are always coming in; and he is determined that the LTT must deliver the best results possible to Nigeria.

“That is why we decided on the small move to improve on the Rader and Communication aspects.

He expressed his optimism that the port would witness more development in rapid succession and stressed that the LTT wants to be at the forefront of this initiative.

Expatiating on the presentation, an informed staff, Frank Nwaeze said the importance of the equipment was to effectively mitigate the observed gaps, hindering operational efficiency.

He praised the robust relationship between the NPA and the LTT which he noted had consistently increased job efficiency and effectiveness.

“However, in the course of our interactions, we noticed some gaps; and the Managing Director thought it wise, to see how the LTT could fill this gap.

He said the first noticeable gap was the power gap, the erratic power supply, recalling the power outage that occurred twice, 30 minutes earlier, before the ceremony kicked off..

He identified the second gap as in the area of communication gadgets, hence the need to ensure the provision of inverters and the solar system.

*A group picture, after the equipment inspection

“So that at every point in time, the equipment is powered, so as to ensure a better ease of operation.”

Still, on the communication gap, he said it was for this reason that the Managing Director thought it wise to put a base station in the port operations office, to boost harbour and pilotage activities, adding that this would significantly facilitate easy access in the monitoring of the tugs, pilot cutters and make general operations, seamless.

He said the installation has now achieved that, in both the Port Control and Port Operations Office.

Finally, he identified the observed need for the provision of credible electronic eyes, hence the need for the installation of AIS and the radar system. This has now ensured that at every point in time, the authority is fully aware of what obtains in every aspect of its fore or background as well as be able to interact with their vessels.

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NIMASA Expresses Concern Over Seafarers’ Mental Health, Lauds Adeyanju on Industrial Harmony

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…MWUN leader says Jamoh instrumental to Maritime Industry peace 

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, on Tuesday restated the commitment of the Agency to the mental health of Seafarers. 

Dr. Jamoh who specially commended the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria MWUN,  during MWUN President General, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju’s working visit, said the Union was uniquely fostering industrial harmony in the Nigerian maritime sector.

Industry stakeholders have generally identified the Union leader and Prince of Ibadan with pronounced peace and ongoing industrial harmony. Before Adeyanju’s tenure, the Nigerian maritime industry had routinely witnessed a regime of door-banging, threat-mongering unionists.

*L-R: Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, OFR (left) with the President General, Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria, MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju during a courtesy visit by National Officers of MWUN to the NIMASA headquarters in Lagos.

 

“We have witnessed more dialogue in resolving issues under your tenure and improved employer-employee relationship within the maritime sector”, Dr. Bashir Jamoh stated, stressing:

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“We need to sustain the industrial harmony in this sector, to attain in-country confidence amongst stakeholders and ultimately attract FDI to the country. 

“We at NIMASA will encourage projects like the Seafarers Recreational Centre because it will enhance seafarers’ mental, emotional, and social well-being, amongst other benefits”.

On his part, Comrade Adeyanju highlighted that the Collective Bargaining Agreement facilitated by NIMASA is largely responsible for the ease with which employee-employer dialogue now takes place in the maritime sector.

*L-R: Head, Public Relations, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Osagie Edward;  Deputy President General, Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria, MWUN, Comrade Francis Bunu; Director General NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh; President General MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju; Deputy President General MWUN, Comrade Tonye Harry and MWUN Liaison Officer, Lucky Olombeni during a courtesy visit by National Officers of MWUN to the NIMASA headquarters in Lagos.

“Dr. Jamoh has been very instrumental in ensuring industrial harmony within the maritime sector. H

“He seeks dialogue anytime we issue an ultimatum. His pro-activeness has contributed significantly to the outstanding performance of the current NIMASA Administration, we are very proud of him. 

“Unionism is now scientific, with the use of data analysis to arrive at our position on any issue, and we prefer dialogue to confrontation and it has worked for us over the years. The Collective Bargaining Agreement implemented by NIMASA has made things very easy and transparent.” He said

Speaking further, Comrade Adeyanju who is also the Vice President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, disclosed that the Union has secured approval for international collaboration to establish a recreational Center for Seafarers in Nigeria, signaling positive strides in supporting the well-being of maritime workers.

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’’We have been working with the International Transport Workers’ Federation, UK, to which MWUN is affiliated. They have offered us a grant to partly fund the construction of a Seafarers Recreational Centre. 

“We are glad to announce that NIMASA is favorably disposed to this project. When completed, the Seafarers Recreational Centre will not only serve as a rallying point for in-country seafarers, but also offer a welcoming environment for those onboard during port calls, allowing them to experience and savor the warmth of Nigerians”, the MWUN President General further said.

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FOU Kaduna Records N2bn Seizures, Laments Smugglers Still Target Expired Items

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Dalha Wada Chedi, the Nigeria Customs Service Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘B’ Kaduna says his command recorded not fewer than seizures of 27 items, with a duty paid value of N1, 975,657,865.96 between January and February 16, 2024.

Chedi stated this while providing an insight into the activities of the unit, at the Kangiwa House, Kaduna, expressing disappointment that some of the seizures were expired items which could have compromised innocent people’s wellbeing.

“The operatives of the Unit have for the period under review remained resolute in the fight against smuggling thereby making several seizures of 27 different items ranging from used foreign shoes, foreign parboiled rice, Second-hand clothing, expired milk and juice powder, among others”, said Comptroller Dalha Chedi, with a Wednesday in January being very remarkable.

“On Wednesday, 24 January 2024 at about 2200hrs, the operatives of the unit intercepted One truck conveying 179 Bags of Tiger Nuts (50Kg each) based on intelligence along Maigatari/ Malamfatori/ Birniwa axis of Jigawa State.

“On the 3rd February 2024, the operatives of the Unit arrested three trucks along Gumel-Kano road in Jigawa State. 

“The arrest was made following information shared by the intelligence network of the NCS-Headquarters, Abuja on the suspicion that they were conveying prohibited items. A hundred percent (100%) physical examination was conducted at the premises of Kano/Jigawa Command and the three trucks were found to contain 5,076 Cartons of Foreign soap, 703 bales of Foreign second-hand clothing, 925 cartons of macaroni, 320 bales of foreign textiles and 12 Jumbo sacks of foreign used shoes.

“Two suspects were arrested and detained at the Kano/Jigawa Command in connection with the seizures and they have been granted administrative bail pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.

“Also on 11 February 2024 at about 2200hrs, the operatives of the Unit acting on credible intelligence along Tsafe-Funtua Road in Zamfara State intercepted One truck on the suspicion of improper importation.  

“Further examination revealed that the truck was conveying 75 cartons of expired foreign jolly juice powder and 8 sacks of foreign expired milk powder that were found to have expired since 2019 and thus unfit for human consumption. 

“The expired milk was concealed with sacks of dried hides & skin. These are expired, unused, and contaminated items which if not intercepted by our operatives would cause havoc to society in general.

“Other items seized within this period are: 237 Bags of Foreign Parboiled Rice (50 Kg each), 1837 cartons of foreign spaghetti, macaroni and couscous, 1707 jerry-cans of Premium Motor Spirits (PMS) 25litres each, 3459 cartons/sachets of Amoxicillin, Artesunate, 500 Mg, 35 cartons of flame lighters, 2089 cartons of foreign dates, 142 cartons of YES Cigarettes, 810 pieces of foreign used tyres, many vehicles deposited at various Customs formations in the Zone, among others.

“The Total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the Seizures made within the period under review is N1, 975,657,865.96) only”, he stated further, adding that since the foreign dates and the Tiger-Nuts were edible and perishable goods, they would be auctioned in line with the provisions of Paragraph 15 (b) of the Schedule of the Nigeria Customs Service Act No. 35, 2023.   

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