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Nigerian port workers back down on strike over bad roads

Nigeria’s port workers’ union on Wednesday backed down from a threat to call an indefinite strike that could have shut the country’s main seaports.

The Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN) said it would order its members to down tools because of the state of access roads to the country’s busiest port, Lagos.

But MWUN president-general Adawale Adeyanju told AFP the industrial action was called off after a meeting with Nigeria’s labour minister and the Nigeria Port Authority.

Adeyanju said “strong commitments to fix the roads were given”, adding: “We have therefore decided to suspend the strike following the fruitful deliberations we had with the government.

“We are calling on our members to continue with their work.”

The Lagos ports of Apapa and Tin Can Island handle more than 60% of Nigeria’s sea cargo and generate some 70% of customs revenue.

But the poor state of access roads and chronic gridlock has increasingly caused delays, prompting shipping companies and business to use alternative berths in neighbouring countries.

Port workers and users stuck in traffic have also become more vulnerable to attack from criminal gangs, the MWUN says.


About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.