By Babajide Okeowo
The President-General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Prince Adewale Adeyanju, has tasked the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to involve terminal operators to whom the ports were leased to carry out routine rehabilitation and maintenance of the decaying infrastructure of the ports.
Prince Adeyanju made the suggestion in Lagos recently during the breakfast meeting organized by the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) for stakeholders to discuss and proffer solutions to the issue of quay apron decay at the Tincan Island Port and general infrastructural deficiencies in other ports across Nigeria.
He particularly blamed terminal operators for not doing the needful in fixing the collapsing infrastructure since they are the tenants in the ports referring to the landlord-tenant arrangement with NPA.
“Terminal operators are making so much money; they should be able to repair their terminals. They should not wait for the government”.
It is only a few terminal operators that you can access their terminals. To this effect, the dockworkers are going to withdraw our services from Five Star Logistics Limited because of the quay apron that has been dilapidated for so many years now” he observed.