Potential Port Problems in Nigeria
According to a report on http://www.thenationonlineng.net, the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) today threatened to shut down seaports to protest the planned establishment of another body--Maritime Security and Safety Agency.
MWUN stated this in a petition signed by its President, Tony Nted and Secretary-General, Aham Ubani, and sent to Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan.
The petition, which made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, was copied to the Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Minister of Transport. The union claimed that the Presidential Implementation Committee on Maritime Safety and Security (PICOMSS) planned to establish another agency, which it said, was unacceptable.
It described such an agency as a duplication of the existing Federal Government Agency, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). It, according to the report, said that the draft bill captioned “Maritime Security Bill 2009’’ was first presented to the National Assembly in January 2010.