AP Moller Terminals, APMT, the largest container terminal in West Africa, has apologized to the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN and its President-General, Nted Emmanuel Anthony, over recent uncomplimentary press remarks.
A statement by APMT through its spokesman, Bolaji Akinola, while responding to a briefing by MWUN President General over a recent condition of service dispute, was alleged to have used uncomplimentary words on the union and its President-General.
Piqued by the alleged uncomplimentary use of words on its President General, the Dockworkers branch of the union, handed down a one- week ultimatum to APMT and its spokesman to withdraw the words and tender unreserved apology, or it would declare the spokesman a persona non grata in the ports.
In a statement, APMT spokesman said “I have known the President General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, Comrade Anthony Emmanuel Nted, for over a decade. I have known him to be a great and respected labour leader who has contributed immensely to the growth and development of the Nigerian maritime industry. He is someone I have developed tremendous respect for over the years and will therefore not do or say anything that will be regarded as disrespectful to either his person or his office.”
“If in the course of making clarification on allegations levelled against us, I said anything that is viewed as disrespectful by the revered labour leader, I hereby tender my unreserved apology.
I have used every opportunity in the past to commend MWUN for maintaining peace and harmony in the maritime industry. Such peace and harmony could not have been achieved without the great leadership quality and maturity of Comrade Nted and his lieutenants.”