Ports and Harbour Bil: Port Workers Plan Nationwide Protest

 Ports and Harbour Bil: Port Workers Plan Nationwide Protest

Port workers have resolved to embark on nationwide protests on Tuesday over the Ports and Harbour Bill, which they observed could lead to massive job losses.

A source close to the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday that the protests would take place simultaneously in all the seaports.

The source said that the union observed inherent dangers in the bill which was recently passed by the Senate. He said that the protests were being jointly organised by the MWUN and the Senior Staff Association of Communications, Transport and Corporations (SSACTAC), Maritime Branch.

According to the source, the decision to embark on the mass protest was because there had been no response from the National Assembly since the two unions wrote a letter opposing some sections of the Ports and Harbour Bill.

The Ports and Harbour Authority Bill which seeks to repeal the Nigerian Ports Authority Act, 1955 as amended, has been passed by the Senate and is awaiting concurrent passage by the House of Representatives.

The MWUN had earlier petitioned the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Yakubu Dogara, saying that the bill would lead to massive job losses for NPA workers.

The union also pointed out several economic and security implications of the bill, if passed.

We are opposed to any attempt to further strip Nigerians of their rights through further concession in the guise of amending the NPA Act, 1955 as amended,” the Secretary-General of MWUN, Felix Akingboye, said while confirming the imminent protests, but refused to give details.

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