After pulling out from the Council of Maritime Transport Unions and Associations (COMTUA), the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) and Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) collaborate to end the Apapa gridlock.
Recall that MWUN and NARTO had pulled out of COMTUA last year citing breach of agreement mutually agreed into by member unions and associations.
However, MWUN abd NARTO yesterday collaborated to improve the welfare of members of both groups as well as engage security agencies for easy movement of cargoes in and out of the seaports.
Other terms of reference include collaboration and establishing presence in all dry ports, seaports and jetties across the nation.
The two groups also agree to create drivers/dockworkers’ welfare, revenue generation, protection of members of both organisations and creation of insurance scheme.
Speaking during the inauguration of the committee, President General of the Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju called on the management committee members to learn from the mistakes of the past during previous collaboration among stakeholders and to drive the new initiative to a success.
He also charged both organisations to be focused and utilise the opportunity judiciously for maximum benefits of their members
Also speaking, the National President of NARTO, Alhaji Yusuf Lawal Othman waa delighted about the partnership while expressing confidence in the success of the venture
He also challenged the management committee members to observe due diligence in the course of carrying out their assignments.
The followings were selected as the Board of Trustees of the venture: Alhaji Yusuf Lawal Othman, Comrade Prince Adewale Adeyanju, Ibrahim Ohize, Abubakar Bello, Patrick Onyegbulen, Ifeanyi Mazeli.
Others include; Aloga Ogbogo, Kasim Ibrahim, Salami Ganiyu and Ogunyele.
Also, a management committee of 12 members drawn from both organisations were immediately constituted.
The members are Stephen Okafor as Chairman, Abdullahi Eroje as Co-Chairman, Ajayi Ayokunle as the Secretary while Hananiya Anderson will serve as Assistant Secretary.
Others are, Stephen Okafor as Chairman, Abdullahi Eroje as Co-Chairman, Ajayi Ayokunle as the Secretary while Hananiya Anderson will serve as Assistant Secretary
Ibrahim Ohize, Abubakar Bello, Kayode Odunowo, Patrick Oyegbulem, Akeem Ekundayo, Elder Basset Udoh, Abdullahi Inuwa and Cecilia Otobo.