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Maritime activities grounded over strike

By VICTOR AHIUMA-YOUNG

LAGOS – Maritime activities across the country were grounded nationwide as all ports were shut down by workers on day one of the industrial action and mass protest declared by Labour and Civil Society Coalition, LASCO, to force President Goodluck Jonathan to revert to the old pump price of Petrol.

Even the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, which management had said would open for business was locked.

In Lagos, members of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, stationed themselves at all the gates leading to the three ports to ensure total compliance.

All the offices of shipping companies in Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports were closed.

Speaking to Vanguard, President-General of MWUN, Comrade Nted Emmanuel, said as promised, the whole ports were shut down in line with organised labour directives, adding that they would remain shut until a counter directive was given.

Comrade Nted who is also a Vice President of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, said: “Like we said earlier, it is a national issue which has nothing specific to do with our sector. It is a national issue. We are on a national strike. What we are asking for is a total reversal and not a reduction.”

Speaking, Comrade Oladimeji May, Chairman, Apapa District of MWUN, said the hardship was too much and appealed to government to reverse the fuel price to N65.


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