The Federal Government has given International Oil Companies (IOCs) a two-week ultimatum to pay outstanding debts to dockworkers employed by stevedoring contractors appointed by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
President-General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) Comrade Adewale Adeyanju said the directive was issued at a meeting convened by the Federal Ministry of Transportation with the IOCs and industry stakeholders in Abuja.
He said: “A resolution has been reached on the issue of IOCs. From the meeting we held last week, the IOCs have been given two weeks, beginning from Wednesday when we had the meeting.
“Since then, their level of compliance has reached 30 per cent. They have started allowing the stevedoring contractors to register with them and I believe within two weeks, something reasonable will come out of it.”
Adeyanju said with the level of compliance of the IOCs, he was optimistic that the union’s demands to engage the services of NPA-appointed stevedores and registered dockworkers would be addressed. He warned that the union would not fail to resume its suspended strike, should the IOCs renege on the ultimatum.