Maritime Workers Union gives over N1million palliatives to 18 foreign Seafarers

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Maritime Workers Union gives over N1million palliatives to 18 foreign Seafarers

By Udeme Clement :

The foreign seafarers :
Relief materials provided by Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria :

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, under Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, as the President-General has given relief materials worth over N1million to Seafarers stranded on board a foreign vessel at Lagos Anchorage.

The 18 Seafarers on board- MT ORYX TRADER, who are foreign nationals from Pakistan and Ukraine received, sanitizers, drinks, food items, toiletries and other palliatives from the Union.

Financial Business News learnt that the sailors, who were stranded for weeks sent a distress call to International Transport Federation, which MWUN is affiliated to, and the Union responded promptly by coming to their rescue.

More so, the vessel on Nigerian waters has been under litigation for three months before the Union intervened and gave succour to the seafarers over the weekend.

Comrade Adeyanju, who is known for his proactiveness acted in the nick of time, by setting up Emergency Response Committee, supervised by the Deputy Vice President
-General, Comrade Harry Tonye; President, Seamen /NIWA and Water Transport Branch, Comrade Francis Bunu, to assess the situation and ensure appropriate distribution of the Palliatives.

According to the Union;
“The global federation of transport unions that MWUN is affiliated informed us about the condition of crew on board the vessel.

“The vessel is under litigation following a dispute between two companies and 18 sailors on board were left stranded by the home company in Greece.”

The Union informed, “The crew had been on anchorage for over three months. So, they ran out of food, water and medications.

“The Union gave approval for over N1million to ensure purchase of relief materials that were delivered to the seafarers on board using a chartered boat”.

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