By Godfrey Bivbere
Group Executive Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group, Taiwo Afolabi, has stressed the importance of consultation with stakeholders in the maritime industry for conducive port operations.
Afolabi gave the advice in his congratulatory message to the newly elected President-General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, whom he charged to make stakeholder engagement a critical strategy as he assumed the mantle of leadership.
A statement signed by the Corporate Affairs Manager of SIFAX, Muyiwa Akande, noted that Afolabi described the new helmsman as a thorough bred professional, unionist and leader, advising him to cultivate stakeholders like the shipping lines, terminal operators, government regulatory agencies, the press, among others to ensure that there is peaceful operational environment at the ports.
The statement said: “The election of the President-General and his executive team couldn’t have come at a better time. The maritime industry in Nigeria and its players are at a period where they need to explore the strength that comes from constant stakeholder engagement and promotion of better understanding that will lead to improvement in welfare for the workers. This harmony is necessary for the industry to fulfil its potentials and improve the sector’s contributions to the nation’s economy.
“I believe that the key to making the maritime sector a major earner for the government is by the promotion and realization of good welfare for all workers in the maritime sector and it is our sincere belief that the new executives will always seek to advance the interests of its members and all its stakeholders. As an organization, SIFAX Group will continue to support the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria and other labour unions because of the critical developmental roles they play in the sector. In view of this, we pledge our support to the union and the new leadership.”