Aggrieved maritime workers of Nigerian Port Authority NPA, protested against their disengagement and nonpayment of severance allowances, five years after.
The maritime workers at the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), comprising mainly tally clerks and onboard security operatives, on Monday staged a peaceful protest at the Ports Complex in Warri, Delta State, demanding for the immediate payment of their severance allowances, five years after the Ports Authority reportedly discarded with their services.
The protesters, in their scores, under the auspices of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, had converged on the main entrance to the Warri Ports, singing solidarity songs.
They also carried placards with assorted inscriptions such as “NPA tally clerks and onboard security guards are tired of this oppression”; “We are tired of dying and losing our members to diseases, please save us”; “NPA, why have you refused to pay our severance packages, five years after?”; “NPA, we will not leave here until we receive our entitlements”; etc., etc.
Spokespersons for the protesters, Mr. Francis Agbudumhe and Mr. Nathaniel Chukwu told journalists that the affected disengaged maritime workers, numbering over one hundred, had been subjected to series of verifications by the NPA management with a view to effecting remittances while the promises for payment had not been fulfilled till date.
They claimed that some of their members had died in waiting, and called for an urgent intervention of the Minister in charge as well as the Executive Chairman of NPA, noting that their counterparts who were similarly affected in other Ports across the country had long ago collected their respective entitlements from the Authority.
They vowed not to leave the gate of the Ports Complex until the management hearkens to their demand.