The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has lamented that relocation of businesses, companies to neighboring countries in the last one year has led to loss of over 7000 jobs in the maritime industry.
This was disclosed yesterday by the President General of the MWUN, Com. Tony Nted at a press briefing in Lagos.
The union President General however lamented that the relocation had also led to loss of revenue by the federal government and compounding insecurity in the land.
He also stated that the relocation of businesses and companies was compounded by the difficulties in accessing foreign exchange.
“In the recent time, importers and manufacturers have found it extremely difficult to access foreign exchange and even when it is available, the cost is outrageous.
“The negative effect amongst other include massive loss of job; closure of industries, factories and relocation of business companies including shipping companies to neighboring countries which culminate to loss of revenue to the Federal Government and compounded insecurity in the land.”
Nted who commended the Federal Government for banning importation of vehicles through the land borders also asked the FG to review some of its policies that had sent his members out of job.
He said introduction of some of the policies had led to loss of jobs in the industry.
“We are asking government to relax some of this policy. For example, Govt stopped importation of rice and it led to increase in price and it became above the reach of the masses. Companies are closing shops and about 7000 jobs are lost in lady one year,” he said.
On ban on vehicle importation through land borders, Nted said, “We commend the Federal government on importation of cars through the land borders. We believe this policy will increase traffic in the port, create jobs and revenue for government.
“However, the union would like to appeal to the Federal Government to give a month grace to importers whose vehicles are trapped because of the policy to clear their vehicles.”
He also asked the Federal Government to call a stakeholders conference on challenges facing auto manufacturers in the country.
“After the one month grace, the federal government should commence full implementation of the policy. In the same vein, we appeal to the FG to have a stakeholders’ meeting with assembly plants and indigenous auto manufacturing companies to identify and address the challenges of car manufacturing.”