The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has issued a 21- day ultimatum to the Federal Government and Lagos State Government after discovering that four shipping companies are responsible for the gridlock on Oshodi-Apapa Expressway.
According to MWUN, the four companies intentionally refused to acquire holding bays for their empty containers, thereby keeping trucks laden with containers on the roads.
“These shipping companies deliberately keep the trucks and their laden containers as means of attracting demurrage payment daily from our already overburdened members, truck owners and their drivers,” MWUN’s President-General, Adewale Adeyanju said in a statement on Sunday.
Adeyanju stressed that the action of the companies had severally led to negative economic consequences at the Tin-Can and Apapa Ports.
He called on the government to compel them to stop using their private businesses to cause ‘public nuisance’.
MWUN warned that it will embark on industrial action if the government fails to address the anomalies in their operations.