By Jerry Aguigbo
The team of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) led by Prof Bolade Eyinla, technical advisor to INEC Chairman, Prof Yakub Mahmood, recently met with the leadership of the Maritime Workers Union of (MWUN) at the Union Secretariat in Apapa, Lagos to finalize modalities on how to implement the principles of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by both bodies on movement of electoral materials to the seventeen littoral states of the federation as it is said that it will be before, during and after elections billed for February 25 and March 11, 2023.
According to Eyinla, the commission will provide over three thousand boats, life jackets, security personnel amongst other sensitive logistics for ease of the operation. “The Union personnel will be expected to carry election materials from the points of loading to the points of discharge within the riverine areas and communities. INEC will provide over 300 boats to the littoral states and will deploy 900 water crafts to Bayelsa state, while Lagos and Rivers states respectively will receive 400 boats each. Others are Ogun, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Kogi, Benue, Delta, Ondi, and Imo, et al” Eyinla equipped.
In response, the President – General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria MWUN, Comrade ( Prince ) Adewale Adeyanju promised to keep his my stance regarding the MoU and that his union is equal to the task ahead for this assignment is aimed to promote national interest. ” The Union will giver her maximum support to the success of this national exercise as injury to one is injury to all, noting that the monetary benefit is not the major focus of the union but our input of patriotism “, the newly elected Deputy President of the NLC posited.