Transport Minister identifies with MWUN
*Say maritime workers are critical to Nigerian economy
The Minister of Transportation, Engr. Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, has identified with that Maritime Workers in Nigeria, stressing that they are vital not only to the maritime industry but to Nigeria’s economy at large.
The Minister made this assertion when the President, Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, led its Executive Council on a working visit to him.
He noted that his tenure is short and would require their support, advice and guidance to enable him leave legacy projects before his tenure terminates on May 29, 2023.
According to Mu’azu: “If we deliver on our promises before the end of this administration, we would have left some legacies for Nigerians. On the other hand, those we didn’t achieve will be a foundation for others to build on.”
Speaking further, the Minister informed the Union that he is part and parcel of the maritime industry, as he started his public service career with the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA.
He acknowledged that sheer providence brought him back to the sector, hence he has no reason to tell Nigerians that he recorded not a single achievement while at the helm of affairs in Transportation Ministry.
Speaking earlier on reasons for the visit, the President of MWUN, Comrade Adeyanju said that the courtesy visit was to congratulate the Minister on his appointment and discuss some important matters bothering the association.
He also called on the Federal Government to prioritise the dredging of Calabar, Warri and Port-Harcourt ports, to forestall the flooding being witnessed at Lokoja axis in Kogi State.
Adeyanju further used the occasion to call on Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency to speed up the process of issuance Biometric Identity Cards to dock workers and Seafarers Identification Document (S.I.D) to Seafarers, to checkmate influx of unauthorised persons at the Ports.