The Group Executive Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi has urged the newly elected President-General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, to make stakeholder engagement a critical strategy as his administration begins.
In a congratulatory message sent to Adeyanju and his new executive team, Afolabi, described the new helmsman as a thorough bred professional, unionist and leader, advised him to cultivate stakeholders like the shipping lines, terminal operators, government regulatory agencies, the press, among others.
Afolabi said this collaboration is necessary in order to engender understanding which is the bedrock of harmony and development,
He said: “The election of the President-General and his executive team couldn’t have come at a better time. The maritime industry in Nigeria and its players are at a period where they need to explore the strength that comes from constant stakeholder engagement and promotion of better understanding that will lead to improvement in welfare for the workers. This harmony is necessary for the industry to fulfill its potentials and improve the sector’s contributions to the nation’s economy.
“I believe that the key to making the maritime sector a major earner for the government is by the promotion and realization of good welfare for all workers in the maritime sector and it is our sincere belief that the new executives will always seek to advance the interests of its members and all its stakeholders.
“As an organization, SIFAX Group will continue to support the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria and other labour unions because of the critical developmental roles they play in the sector. In view of this, we pledge our support to the union and the new leadership” he said.