Shocked at the 14-day ultimatum from the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) over the gridlock on Apapa port access roads, said to be caused by ports-bound empty containers, APM Terminal says the ultimatum is misplaced as it is neither the traffic wardens nor owners of the containers.
According to the Communications Manager, Mr. Austin Fischer, except the union expects the company to mop up its entire staff, the ultimatum makes no sense because the terminal operator is not security agents or traffic managers whose responsibility it is to control the traffic.
Worse still, “we don’t own the containers, they belong to shipping companies. Maybe they should be talking to the shipping companies to get holding bays for their containers.
“We are port managers of anything that comes to the port; anything outside it is not ours. They should talk to the shipping companies.”
Querying the logic in the threat of action at the end of the ultimatum, Fischer said that they would also go on strike as fellow maritime workers. Rather, he urged them to “call a roundtable on how to solve the problem because it affects us also. The government should bring proper traffic management.”