HAPPENING NOW: Disable Job Seekers Picket NIMASA Headquarters, Staff, Visitors Stranded

By DAPO OLAWUNI

Association of People with Disabilities Applicants are currently protesting at the Burma road Headquarters of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) over what they described as refusal of the maritime apex agency to employ its members.

The disabled job applicants occupying NIMASA access gate

DAILY TREND correspondent reports that for the past one hour, staff of NIMASA and Visitors are trapped inside the Agency while those seeking entrance are denied.

The disabled applicants stormed NIMASA at 2pm in an 18-seater bus, carrying bags, water, food and camping materials.

Some of the placards they carried read; “disability not matter with NIMASA” among others.

They were seen chanting solidarity songs and claiming that NIMASA and Nigerian Shippers Council refused to employ any of its members, while Central Bank of Nigeria has so far employed 10 out of the 50 members of the group.

Leader of the group swore that the protesting group would not vacate the NIMASA gate and that no staff would be made to leave the building.

The NIMASS staff stranded inside the building.


So far, no official of NIMASA has come out to address the protesting group, while security officials looks on helplessly.

Our correspondent learnt that the group were equally at the NIMASA headquarters on Monday and they were placated. They were said to have returned for a meeting today, Tuesday with management.

Apparently not satisfied with the assurances they got from management, they decided to block the two access gates of NIMASA.

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