By Victor Ahiuma-Young
MARITIME Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, yesterday, said the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, had failed in its mandate, especially with regards to the training of Dockworkers and others.
President-General of MWUN, Mr Emmanuel Nted at the commencement of the union’s nationwide training for its officers/members for improved industrial relations and efficiency, faulted the instability and turn-over of leadership at NIMASA, lamenting that this had contributed to the failure of the agency to meet up with its mandate.
Nted lamented that politicians and government officials now use the agency to siphon funds and in most cases, instigate crises in the agency to ensure that their cronies were appointed into the key positions to do their bidding.
He said that the present leadership of the agency took about 10 officers of the union to Dubai for training and also donated a bus to the union, adding that it was insignificant. He called on the agency, terminal operators and other employers in the sector to up-skill the workers for improved productivity.
Nted noted that some of training needs of the workers include orientation course, skill acquisition, among others.
According to him: “We however wish to acknowledge the efforts of the few employers/agencies who have in collaboration with the union and on their own embarked in these staff training. We believe they will continue to reap the benefit of their investments on training.
While urging the employers to step up and embrace the training of staff, the leadership of our union in its determined effort to foster improved industrial peace and efficiency in the workplace, embarked on both local and overseas training of its officers.
Today marks the official commencement of our union’s nationwide continued training of its officers and members. The current training which is a two-day workshop on industrial crisis management- a critical issue in the sustenance of industrial peace will be held Lagos, Port Harcourt/Onne, Warri and Calabar zones of the union.”
He added that over one thousand officers drawn from the various levels of the union leadership in the units, district, branches and national level participate would be participating in the course.