IMPORT OF VEHICLES THROUGH LAND BORDERS: Maritime Workers Union Call For A Month Grace

PIX: President General of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria {MWUN}, Comrade Anthony Nted Emmanuel

 President General of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria {MWUN}, Comrade Anthony Nted Emmanuel

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria {MWUN}, has cautioned the federal government over policies militating against ports operations, saying that it will be forced to take necessary actions when pushed to the wall.

The union equally appealed to the government on the need to give one month grace to importers whose vehicles were trapped in neighbouring ports within the West Africa coast.

President General of the union, Comrade Anthony Nted Emmanuel at a press briefing in Lagos on Thursday, expressed displeasure over government lack of consultation with the union before churning out its policies.

Nted noted that the union plays key roles in the dissemination of information to workers at the ports and there was need for the government to liaise with the workers before embarking on its policies.

Harping on the benefit of the policy restricting vehicles from the border, Nted explained that the ban would create job employment, boost revenue profile of government and further increase traffic to the nation’s seaports but cautioned that previous policies has hampered ports operations.

He further noted that there have been massive job losses at the ports due to some unfavourable policies of the government to the sector, calling on it to relax such policies.

‘’’We want to use this medium to commend the federal government on the recent ban on importation of cars through land borders’’

‘’We believe this policy will increase traffic in the port, create jobs and revenue of the government ‘’

‘’However the union would like to appeal to the federal government to give a month’s grace to importers whose vehicles are trapped because of the policy to clear their vehicles’’.

‘’After a month’s grace the federal government should commence full implementation of the policy’’, he stressed.

The union’s boss also appealed to the federal government to have a stakeholders meeting with assembly plant and indigenous auto manufacturing companies to identify and address the challenges of manufacturing cars in the country.

Comrade Nted also drew the attention of the Nigerian Ports Authority on the abandonment of the access road linking the seaports which according to him, has been in a state of disrepair for several years despite relentless effort by the union.

‘’As we speak the roads have become a dead trap to every road user despite strong assurances from the federal government and NPA that contract had been awarded. There is nothing on ground to show that the contract has been awarded’’, he stated.