Poor Welfare: Workers Shutdown Maritime University, Okerenkoko Indefinitely 

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi


Academic activities were on Monday paralysed at the Maritime University of Nigeria, Okerenkoko, Delta State as academic and non-academic staff embarked on indefinite strike to protest non payment of over 30 months allowances and poor staff welfare.

In a resolution signed by Comrades Oweikeye Pathfinder Endoro and Moses Yabrade after the meeting, the staff unanimously endorsed the strike action after a meeting of staff at the temporary campus in Kurutie with media attendance.
The resolution read in part: “Staff of NMU at all levels, namely, academic and non-academic agree that the patience and understanding with management regarding the needs of staff has been long envisaged and misconstrued to imply ignorance and weakness.
“The only congress held out of pressure on the 19th of February, 2021 where management in attendance promised to look into staff issues, till date has not yet yielded any pleasant outcome, rather worsening and unabated.
“To this, staff have resolved as follows: Workers 28 days in-lieu of accomodation for new employees be paid without further delay.
“Workers relocation allowance from Kurutie take-off campus to Okerenkoko, Abuja and Warri offices, covering expenses on accomodation, transport, furnishing and risk be paid without further delay.
The staff noted that the above listed items were duly approved by the federal government through her appointment council headed by the former governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Silva.
“Staff 13th month payable every October be restored and arrears paid without delay from October, 2019, 2020 and 2021 respectively.
“Monthly general allowance to staff covering peculiarity, hazard, risk, and others last paid on May, 2019 should be paid without further delay. Accrued arrears of 30 months, May 2019 to October 2021.”

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