By Victor Ahiuma-Young
LAGOS—DOCKWORKERS branch of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, has decried the hazardous working environment at the nation’s port terminals, saying no fewer than eight dockworkers have lost their lives to industrial accidents since the beginning of the year.
The union, however, commended the management of APM Terminal for the high safety standards and awareness at its terminal and called on other terminal operators to emulate APM Terminal to make the terminals safer for workers and others.
Speaking at an interactive programme on safety at the terminals organized by the union in collaboration with APM terminals, President of Dockworkers branch of MWUN, Mr. Adewale Adeyanju, commended APM Terminals for collaborating with the union on how to ensure safety of workers and reduce to the barest minimum the level of industrial accidents in the terminals and the resultant fatalities.
The interactive programme attracted union leaders from other terminals among others.
He lamented that if other terminal operators were up and doing, safety conscious and valued the lives of their workers, the level of industrial accidents and fatalities would have been minimized.
Similarly, National Organising Secretary, MWUN, Abdullahi Eroje, lauded APM Terminal for its high safety standards and in collaboration with the union on safety, saying “we are happy that the union is collaborating with APM Terminal on issue of safety. We call on other terminal operators to emulate APM Terminal to reduce the level of industrial accidents and loss of lives at the terminals.’’