Maritime workers join NLC strike, shut down ports 


Activities at the Apapa and Tin-Can Island ports and other ports across Nigeria were paralyzed on Tuesday due to the two-day nationwide warning strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

The union, in a communique released last week, said it had decided to go on strike to protest the hardship caused to the masses by the removal of fuel subsidy by the Tinubu administration in June.

Reports from Lagos seaports and other ports in Port Harcourt, Onne, Warri, and Calabar indicate that they were all shut down in compliance with the NLC directive.

The President-General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, has confirmed that his union is fully complying with the NLC directive.

Adeyanju, who is also the Deputy President of NLC, also said that “no cargo evacuation process is taking place at all the ports in the country”.

However, some truckers have expressed concern about the warning strike, saying that no positive results have come from such actions since the NLC began striking in 2001.

One trucker, Mr. Dauda Akanni, who spoke to newsmen  on condition of anonymity, said that the strike has only created unnecessary tension in the country.