WIMAJ Chairperson condemns attack on NPA headquarters
* Expresses sympathy to management, staff of NPA
By Udeme Clement :
Women in Maritime Journalism (WIMAJ) have condemned in strong terms the recent attack on the headquarters of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), at Marina, Lagos.
The Chairperson of WIMAJ, Mrs Ezinne Azunna, made this known in a press statement signed and made available to Journalists in Lagos.
She expressed great displeasure on the level of looting and burning of NPA’s office, describing it as unfortunate and totally unacceptable.
According to her, “Destruction of NPA’s office will have a negative impact on the port industry, since NPA as an agency of the Federal Government regulates port operations in the country.”
She stressed that destruction of NPA and other national assets by hoodlums, who hijacked the peaceful END-SARS protest in Lagos will have adverse effect on the nation’s economy, especially now that COVID-19 is still ravaging the whole country.
Speaking further, Mrs Azunna expressed her sympathy to the management, board and staff of NPA on the unfortunate incident, which claimed the main office of the Authority, as well as official and private vehicles of workers on the car park.
The WIMAJ Chairperson called on government to carry out a thorough investigation on the sad incident, in order to unravel the culprits behind such crime.
She said, “Arson is a serious crime and those found culpable must be brought to book.”
The WIMAJ Chairperson emphasised that it is a constitutional right of citizens to express their grievances through protest, but she frowned at activities of hoodlums, who took advantage of the protest to unleash mayhem on the society.