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Business returns to Lagos seaports after strike

Lagos – Normal business activities finally returned to ports in Lagos on Thursday following the suspension of the strike embarked on by the Dockworkers Union of Nigeria, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The strike was called-off on Wednesday.

A check by NAN showed that many of the clearing agents were seen at the terminals, although some of them complained of additional demurrage as a result of the one-day strike.

Mr Adeyanju Adewale, President of Dockworkers Union of Nigeria, told NAN that the strike was necessary to press for increase in the wages of the dockworkers.

He expressed regret over inconveniences the strike might have caused stakeholders, saying that the strike would not have been necessary if the terminal operators had granted the demand of dockworkers.

Adewale urged the committee set up to review the conditions of service of dockworkers to speed up the pace of its work.

He said that the committee was set up by the terminal operators in conjunction with Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to review the minimum wage of the dockworkers.

“Although the terminal operators have promised that something will be done before March 31, that promise may not be fulfilled if the committee cannot submit its report before the date,” he said.

Adewale commended the Nigerian Ports Authority for its intervention in the crisis.

NAN reports that the one-day strike paralysed activities in all the seaports in the country, except the Onne port in Rivers State, where the strike did not take place.


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