Oil Scarcity Looms As Maritime Workers Threaten To Go On Strike

It appears there will be fuel scarcity soon if the Federal Government fails to repair the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway as maritime workers plan to embark on strike.

The workers under the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria gave 21-day ultimatum to the Federal Government at the weekend to rehabilitate the road or risk a total shut down.

It was also gathered that Customs clearing agents and Amalgamation of Trucking Associations would embark on strike today over the same issue as they expressed their displeasure with the deplorable condition of the road.

Speaking, the President of MWUN, Prince Adewale Adeyanju, said that Oshodi-Apapa Road is the only access road to the seaport but due to its poor condition, doing business in the area had become difficult.

Adeyanju said that the union was worried that the access roads to the nation’s seaports and the Oshodi-Apapa Dual Carriage Way that leads to Apapa and Tin-Can Ports had been abandoned.

According to him, the union has written several letters to the appropriate authorities on the need to repair the road but nothing has been done as workers suffer daily to get to work.

He lamented that the road had since become a death trap with hoodlums now living on the dual carriage way to rob workers of their personal belongings.

Besides, accidents do occur on the road almost on a daily basis and despite that the noise made by the Nigeria Port Authority that the contract to repair the road had been awarded, there is nothing on ground to show that work would begin soon.

“We are in May 2017, nothing has been done. The sad thing is that there is no sign that any contract had been awarded,” Adeyanju said.

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