MARITIME SECURITY: Global West Vessel’s Staff Cry Out Over Abandonment, none Payment of Entitlements

By DAPO OLAWUNI

Employees of Global West Vessel Specialist Limited (GWVS) a maritime security company formerly engaged by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to provide security on the nation’s waterways have cried out, alleging that their salaries and entitlements are yet to be paid due to NIMASA owing the security outfit.

Speaking for the concerned workers, AB Rowland Omobude, a staff of GWVS Limited in a chat with DAILY TREND NEWS alleged that, even though the maritime security contract has been terminated by the Federal government, NIMASA was still indebted to the company.

Our correspondent recalls that Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos in July 2020, dismissed the entire 40 counts bordering on alleged N34billion fraud filed by the federal government against Global West Vessel Specialist Limited.

The company was linked to a former leader of the Niger Delta militants, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo.

The highly controversial security contract was signed under President Goodluck Jonathan when Patrick Akpobolokemi was in the saddle as NIMASA Director General.

Speaking with our correspondent, Omobude stated that since the company won that law suit in court, NIMASA has failed to pay the outstanding commitments to the company

He said “We the workers of GWVS have not been paid since when we won the court case, I represent the workers forum and many of our staff have died through this hardship many are in sick bed many are homeless”

“NIMASA should pay Global West their outstanding money, terminating the contract does not mean they won’t pay what they have worked before”

“I have been traveling over this matter to the AGF office in Abuja for several years now” he cried out

Meanwhile, authoritative sources within NIMASA have told our correspondent that the staff of GWVS are not staff of the agency, hence it would be wrong for them to expect to be paid by the apex regulatory agency.

According to him, the contract between NIMASA and global West was based on no-work-no-pay basis, and it has since been terminated.

Speaking, the source said “NIMASA is not the only client global West is having contract with.
Secondly the concerned staff are not direct staff of NIMASA, so it would be wrong for them to be seeking payment from another agency”

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