* Others to commence May 8
By Frank Odinukaeze
After a protracted dispute between the International Oil Companies (IOCs),and Government Appointed Stevedoring Operators,over the former’s refusal to implement government policy of having the stevedores on board the IOCs Vessels and jetties,the Federal Ministry of Transportation along side the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and other stakeholders including the IOCs have resolved to begin the operationalization of the NPA appointed Stevedoring Operators.
This agreement was reached at a stakeholders meeting held on Tuesday, April 18th, 2023 between the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA)
International Oil Companies (IOCs) ,Stevedoring Operators of Nigeria and the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN)
Others present at the one day meeting include; Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) NNPC Upstream Investment Management Services (NUIMS) and Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS)
According to a statement issued by the Media officer of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN),on Saturday, Comrade Kennedy Ikemefuna,noted that the meeting was called by the Minister of Transportation, Eng Muazu Jaji Sambo to settle the lingering disputes between the IOCs and government appointed stevedoring companies
Comrade Ikemefuna stated in the Press statement that:
“During the meeting, the following resolutions were reached thus:-
Operationalization of the NPA appointed Stevedoring Operators at the Chevron Jetty, Warri by May 2, 2023
Other IOCs were given up to May 8, 2023 for full Operationalization of appointed Stevedores
The President of the Stevedoring Association of Nigeria was asked to work on continuous capacity building for its members; and that the Ministry in conjunction with NPA should arrange a visit to some of the Jetties for an on-the-spot-assessment of the level of compliance of the IOCs and Jetties Operators immediately after May 8, 2023″.
The statement further noted that ,”However, these resolutions were taken by all the Stakeholders in attendance with very strong penchant and conviction that these resolutions as aforementioned will be implemented to the letters as raised and signed”