Ships at Lagos ports
By John Iwori
Dockworkers across the country have tasked the concessionaires in the nation’s seaports on the need for training and re-training in the operation of cargo handling equipment.
The dockworkers under the aegis of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) said there was need for the concessionaires who took over the day-to-day running of the nation’s seaports across the country in the wake of the port concession in 2006 to embark on the training of dockworkers, especially the crane operators.
President, Dockworkers Branch, MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju stated this at a meeting of the Branch leadership with members of the union in Lagos.
The unionist who lamented that the current set of crane operators were ageing, said that if the situation is left unattended to, operations at the nation’s port will be affected in no distant time.
He made this call at a meeting of the Branch leadership with members of the union last Wednesday in Lagos.
His words: “We are particular about the training of crane operator because if you look at the whole terminal today some of the crane operators are old and we say okay the terminal operators should assist by way of organising what we call train-the-trainer, by training all the crane operators because when somebody is old and cannot see well, that will cause accident at the port. On our own part we are telling the older ones to train the younger ones because they are already old.
“We need the terminal operators to support this idea by sending some of them for training but not just only the crane operator but the entire dockworkers because if you do not train people, they will remain where they are. But if there is training, nobody will have problem again”.
He enjoined dockworkers to desist from stealing at the various terminals, pointing out that stealing is inimical to the overall image of the union.
The unionist warned that henceforth the leadership of the union would not plead on behalf of any member involved in stealing.
According to him, the port now has changed to good unlike what was the case before when there was nobody regulating the activities of dockworkers.
“Now the terminal operators are in charge and they will not allow anybody to mess up their areas of operations. So we are advising our members to desist from the act of stealing and other vices”, he said.