By Nosa Alekhuogie
The operators of Terminals C and D of the Lagos Port Complex (LPC), Apapa, ENL Consortium, has announced its readiness to pay off dockworkers who have decided to quit their jobs.
This was made known in a press statement issued by the company in Lagos on Friday.
The Legal Adviser, ENL Consortium, Uzamot Boye, has said that contrary to claims in certain quarters, workers were issued with valid employment letters when they joined the company.
He said: “ It must be on record that these set of dockworkers opted to leave the terminals by themselves. Those of them who want to continue working with us, and who are in the majority, are at their job posts as we speak but the few that want to leave are free to do so.
We have been meeting with the union and officials of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to work out modalities for their payments, which we are ready to pay in full in consonance with the National Joint Industrial Council (NJIC ) agreement.”
The ENL legal adviser, who also accused the aggrieved dockworkers of causing disruptions and breaching the peace at the ports for no justifiable reasons further stated ENL Consortium is a people-focused organisation. “We empower our people and enable them to be the best. Our executive vice chairman/CEO places the welfare of workers above every other consideration. The few dockworkers who want to be paid off should be patient and work with their leaders. They will receive their full retirement benefits in line with negotiated agreements,” he sai