The proposed Ports and Harbour Bill was rejected by the Marine Workers Union of Nigeria, citing worries that it will stifle expansion in the marine sector.
The Punch reported that the MWUN President General, Adewale Adeyanju, made this statement on Wednesday in Lagos during the launch of the union’s quarterly magazine, “The Maritime Labour Voice.”
The National Assembly’s decision to reconsider the Ports and Harbour Bill was met with opposition by members of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria and the Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government-owned Companies.
Adeyanju claimed that Nigeria is a maritime nation endowed with abundant water resources, which greatly aid in the socio-economic growth of the national economy in terms of food, minerals, and marine transportation.
According to him, the magazine’s main goal is to encourage a peaceful workplace that will lead to industrial harmony.
The magazine, he continued, would project alternative voices when needed and serve as a voice for the voiceless.
“The management of all maritime agencies and our many stakeholders are also greatly appreciated by MWUN for their meticulous work in establishing fair rules and guidelines that support port operations across the country in a manner that prioritizes safety, efficiency, and excellent management,” the statement read.