Peter Olaniyi |
The Maritime Workers Union has lamented lack of dredging of Calabar port decades after it was awarded to be dredged.
Speaking over during the National Executive Council meeting of the union, the President General, Com. Adewale Adeyanju, condemned the lackadaisical attitude of the contractors to dredging the port, while calling on the Federal Government to force contractors to site and conclude the dredging of Calabar ports urgently.
Adeyanju noted that the failure to dredge the port is not only unfair to its members in Calabar port who have been consistently denied of employment opportunities but also in opposites to government avowed policy of creating work for its citizenry.
The President General informed that Lagos port alone account for over 90% of import and export cargoes in the country, while noting that the Lagos port is under intense pressure with the port facility and personal overstressed.
He advised that to ease the pressure, Federal Government needs to initiate and compel the immediate expansion of other ports in Nigeria not only in terms of land space but also in terms of provision and maximal capacity.
He said by doing this, it will ease the tension on the Lagos ports and ease congestion and traffic gridlock synonymous with the Lagos ports.
According to him “We feel confused on reports reaching us which points to the fact that decades after the awards of a contract to dredge the Calabar ports, literally nothing has been done till date, this is not only unfair, to our members in Calabar port who have been consistently denied of employment opportunities but also in opposites to government avowed policy of creating work for its citizenry.
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