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Port Workers Strike: NPA, NIMASA Loose N5bn

At least N5 billion was lost by stakeholders to yesterday’s shut down of port operations across the country by aggrieved ports’ workers, led by officials of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, and Senior Staff Association of Communication, Transportation and Corporation, SSACTAC, Maritime branch.

The shut-down was a protest against moves by National Assembly to repeal the NPA Act, which the workers described as anti-Nigeria.

Investigations revealed that Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, alone lost over N2 billion to the disruption, while NPA, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, importers, and other operators in the ports were estimated to have lost between N2.5 billion and N3 billion.

It was gathered that all the ports formations in Lagos, Warri, Port Harcourt, Onne, and Calabar were shut as early as 5.30 am, yesterday, in protest against a bill pending at National Assembly, which seeks to repeal the “Nigerian Ports Authority Act, cap 126 LFN 2004 (as amended) and establish the Nigerian Ports and Harbours Authority to provide for the ownership, management and development of ports and harbours and for related matters.”

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