- All port operations will be shut down in the next seven days if the demands of maritime workers are not met
- This threat was issued by the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria over the failure of FG and its agencies to force compliance with some key maritime laws
- The federal government already has the strike by medical workers to contend with
Maritime workers have issued a 7-day ultimatum to the federal government before they proceed on an indefinite strike that could cripple the economy.
Channels TV reports on Saturday, April 10 that the workers issued the warning through their Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN).
President-General and Secretary-General of MWUN, Adeyanju Adewale and Felix Akingboye in a jointly signed statement issued on Friday, April 9.
The workers are complaining about the refusal of international oil companies to allow Stevedoring companies and Dockworkers into their operational areas despite a law that permits it.
The statement by MWUN read:
"We are constrained to issue a 7 -day ultimatum starting from today Friday 9th April 2021 to the Federal Government, the NNPC, NPA and NIMASA, to as a matter of national interest, immediately compel the IOCs to comply and obey the statutory regulations, and also implement the communique earlier reached,”
The union said it would shut down all port operations if the federal government and all its agencies failed to compel the international oil companies to obey the law.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng also reported that the federal government and striking doctors reached an agreement and the current industrial action by the medical workers may soon be called off.
The agreement was reached after a meeting of a federal government delegation and representatives of the doctors on Friday, April 9.
A communique revealing the details of the agreement was jointly signed by the federal government delegation and members of the leadership of the National Association of Resident Doctors which represented the striking doctors.