The Chairman Nigerian Ports Consultative Council (NPCC) Otunba Kunle Folarin has commended the President General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) Comrade Adewale Abdulwaheed Adeyanju for sustaining industrial peace among dockworkers in the Nigerian maritime sector.
The commendation which was forwarded to DAILY TREND NEWS yesterday came on the heels of efforts made by the MWUN boss to preach peace to agitated dockworkers who were bent on picketing the headquarters of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in Marina Lagos over their unpaid severance packages.
Adeyanju at a meeting on Thursday had banned the dockworkers from protesting against the NPA, assuring them that their money would be disbursed by NPA any moment from now.
Reacting to this, Otunba Folarin commended Adeyanju for outlining the policy of good conduct and adherence to procedures in handling grievances and negotiations by dockworkers.
The seasoned maritime expert said “He openly condemned hooliganism, mayhem and undue strikes and wild behaviours”
“Those of us who have spent over 40 years in the industry will testify that we have never witnessed leadership that puts dialogue in front of all matters like recently”
“Before now and the times of Comrade Tony and Comrade Irabor, the port labour movement has been symbol of mayhem, disruption of work and fear in port work”
“Secondly he (Adeyanju) is initiating Dock workers Welfare scheme which will take care of the issue of Aged dockworkers” he said
Recall that the MWUN President had warned his members not to drag the union back to the dark age of placard carrying, thugry and hooliganism at Nigerian ports.
According to him, the MWUN has over the years built a new reputation for itself as a responsible union, and the name of the union must not be dragged in the mud.
He said hooliganism as become a thing of the past in the union, even as he added that protest, demonstration and placards carrying will not resolved the unpaid monies in question.