Wobbling CRFFN’s Staff Take Refuge in MWUN, As Adeyanju Inaugurates New Executives

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Chairman of CRFFN Unit of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) Comrade Nwachukwu Okechukwu (1st from right) and his executives taking the oath of office at the union's national secretariat in Lagos on Friday.

By DAPO OLAWUNI

Even as the agency has continued to fumble and wobble since its establishment as a Federal Government Agency in 2007, staff of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) have now been unionised by the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN).

R-L: President of Shipping Clearing and Forwarding Branch of MWUN, Comrade Ekpeyong Ekpeyong, General Secretary of MWUN, Comrade Felix Akingboye, President General of MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, Principal Administration Officer of CRFFN, Mrs Ifezue Elizabeth and another staff of CRFFN during inauguration of CRFFN unit of MWUN in Lagos on Friday

President General of MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju on Tuesday inaugurated the CRFFN Unit under the union’s Shipping Branch, even as he assured that the union will protect the welfare of the workers and help in bringing back the CRFFN to its feet.

Comrade Adeyanju urged the Acting Registrar of CRFFN, Mrs Chinyere Uromta to see the unionisation of the Council’s staff as an opportunity for the agency to grow.

“The joining of the CRFFN staff into the union is going to boost the arrangement of working together with the Acting Registrar, whatever issues affecting that agency, we would support her to grow better.

“For us in the Maritime Workers Union, we are expanding our scope, it is because we are good, that is why everyone wants to align with us, we have transformed ourselves to a standard that we can compare ourselves to any other persons all over the world.

“I want to urge the new executives of CRFFN, do not be in hurry, take time to study our activities, our constitution and study the way and manner we engage our management, because the era of banging tables and causing obstruction in the port is no longer our practice, and I want you to align yourselves with the principles and ideology binding us all together.

“For us in the MWUN, we are scientific union leaders and we don’t make trouble, this is where our power is coming from” he said

Comrade Adeyanju subsequently granted the new CRFFN unit a new status to become a District of the union after three months. According to the union leader, this is the first time he would be breaking such protocol for anyone.

He urged the executives of the Shipping Branch to see the CRFFN staff as the new baby of the union.

“There is need for you to tap from their experiences, the Primary responsibility of any union leader is to protect the welfare of his members and management.

They must also learn from us, because the way we are handling our CBA might be different from the way they are handling their own, we must all work together so that we don’t make mistakes” he said

The Acting Registrar of CRFFN, Mrs Chinyere Uromta, represented by Mrs Ifezue Elizabeth, Principal Administration Officer of CRFFN, commended the leadership of MWUN for their dedication and commitment to ensuring smooth operation of Nigerian Ports and Waterways.

“I pledge to work tirelessly to support and advocate for the right and wellbeing of all members of the Union. Together we will strive to create a more efficient and productive maritime industry that benefits not only our members but the entire nation.

“I call upon all members of the Union to stand united in our effort to improve working conditions and abide by the rules and regulation of our different organization and agencies and to promote safety and enhance the professional development of our workforce.

“By working together in solidarity, we can achieve great things for the Maritime Industry and for our own beloved country. I am confident that with our support and collaboration we will overcome any challenges that may come our way and pave the way for a brighter future for the Maritime sector in Nigeria” she said

On his part, the Chairman of the newly inaugurated CRFFN unit of MWUN, Comrade Nwachukwu Okechukwu Noah appreciated the MWUN President General for being a true leader and that he has demonstrated that he is a father.

“He is a workaholic who has been working tirelessly for the betterment of the maritime industry.

“The way you have welcomed us, we feel at home, we knew where we are coming from, if they had welcomed us better there, probably we won’t be here today. With the emergence of the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy, we felt that this is where we ought to be.

“Two major things we have in might coming here is; better welfare for our members and development of our agency. I have seen your good works in the industry and we believe in your capacity that you can help us” he said

DAILY TREND reports that the newly inaugurated CRFFN staff trooped into Lagos from far away Idiroko, Seme Border as well other distant locations.

Speaking earlier in his welcome address, President of Shipping Clearing and Forwarding Branch of MWUN, Comrade Ekpeyong Ekpeyong said the CRFFN workers have traced their way back to their Roots which is the Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN)

He said the Union’s leadership has also carefully looked at it and placed them under the Shipping, Clearing and Forwarding Branch, where they are expected to thrive.

He added that MWUN stands to benefit from the CRFFN unit, and their members are delighted to work with the Union.

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