Oil firms begin compliance with FG directive on Stevedores
HomeNewsOil firms begin compliance with FG directive on Stevedores
As part of measures aimed at resolving the long-standing feud between International Oil Companies (IOCs) and dockworkers, the oil firms have commenced registration and engagement of the dockworker’s contractors.
This is also in line with
directives of the Federal Government to the IOCs to engage government-appointed
Confirming the development,
the President-General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade
Adewale Adeyanju revealed that the IOCs were about 40 per cent compliant to the
directive adding that with time the situation will improve.
Adeyanju said that the IOCs have
shown commitment adding that it is the hope of the stakeholders that the
commitment will be sustained.
Also President of the National
Association of Stevedoring Association (NASC), Mr Bolaji Sunmola, said that
some stevedoring firms have been registered while some are in the process of
signing agreements with the oil firms.
Sunmola also said that some
stevedores are being processed for registration adding, however, that the
number of registered stevedoring contractors has not been impressive.
Recall that the Maritime
Workers Union said, a few months ago, that they were embarking on a strike to
demand for the engagement of government-appointed stevedores and payment of all
outstanding wages of the dockworkers.
The strike action which had
the ports shut down for two days was to compel the IOCs operating in the
country to pay wages owed dockworkers and stevedoring companies. According to
Adeyanju, the IOCs had refused to engage the Union on the issue, thereby
leaving it with no option than to commence the strike.