Pix: Comrade Adewale Adeyanju
By Jerry Aguigbo
The Maritime Workers Union under the aegis of the President -General, Comrade ( Prince ) Adewale Adeyanju has congratulated Workers in Nigeria and across the world on the occasion of Labour Day.
Comrade Adeyanju enjoined the Maritime Workers Union members and all the Union Branches, which include the Nigerian Ports Authority ( NPA ), Dockworkers, Seafarers and the Shipping branch for their commitment and determination to a purposeful labour in the maritime sector, in spite of all the negating conditions of labour in the country which had made the maritime sector a very difficult terrain to work and operate; but the presence of the prevailing odds in the sector, Nigerian workers persisted with commitment of hope and a convincing aspiration for a better new Nigeria, which has been their source of motivation and above all, the driving force of patriotism.
The NLC Deputy National President however, reiterated the MWUN’s total unalloyed support for the new President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Joe Ajaero who was recently elected unopposed by the NLC members Congress. The Number One Maritime Labour Man, also felicitated the International Transport Federation (ITF) on this day, where Workers in Nigeria and the world were supposed to be in a mood of funfair but given the prevailing issues of job cut, redundancy, poor remunerations, and unpalatable welfare packages which have been the bane of workers happiness and joy in Nigeria, which according to him, cuts across the world of labour.
In the same vein, Comrade Adeyanju has also used the workers day celebration to call on the incoming government to be very proactive of the workers plights in the country, ensuring that most lingering issues were resolved in no distant time so as to give the workers a new face of hope, and as healing measure to cushioning the set back workers had gone through in the hands of various administrations; as the saying rightly goes: “There’s dignity in Labour, and a diligent workman is entitled to his wages”; and if this is the faith of labour therefore, no single Nigerian and Pensioners should be allowed to suffer or be denied his or her tights, wages and entitlements no matter any circumstance.
Adeyanju however urged Nigerian workers to continue to work hard, to remain resolute, not to let the nation down in their various sectors, while charging them in the spirit of solidarity to keep flying high the Labour flag, which is our strength and symbol of Labour; for there lies our Unity of Purpose.
The PG, MWUN also felicitates the MD of Nigerian Ports Authority, Mohammed Koko; DG NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamo; MD NIWA, Dr George Moghalu, Chairman STOAN, Princess Vicky Haastrup, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’Council, Barr. Emmanuel Jime; and employers of Stevedoring Companies; Shipping Companies; Ship Owners; Comrades and Members of Sister Union’s and Association in the Maritime Sector.
He also wishes to use this season to salute and appreciate the Merchant Navy Senior Staff Association of Nigeria for their cooperation and collaboration without which we may not have the capacity to enjoy the peaceful industrial harmony in our dear maritime sector.
” I greet once again all Nigerian Workers in all spheres of employment and pray that the Workers spirit will surmount all obstacles we may encounter in this journey. Comrades, I wish all all Nigerian a happy Workers Day,” he said.