National President ANLCA, Hon. Iju Tony Nwabunike

Francis Ezem

National President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents ANLCA, Hon Iju Tony Nwabunike today, joined other political and business leaders both locally and across the globe to celebrate workers, saying the nation’s maritime workers in particular play a crucial role in the sustenance, growth and development of the nation’s economy.

In a goodwill message presented to the Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria MWUN on the occasion of the celebration of the 2020 edition of the May Day in Lagos, Friday, he observed that over 90 percent of global trade and commerce is carried through the maritime industry, which makes maritime workers almost indispensable not only for Nigeria but also to the global economy.

According to him, recent events in the global crude oil market, which saw the crashing of the price of the black gold to less than $10 per barrel, has made the maritime industry in Nigeria the highest revenue earner for the Federal Government, which reinforces the crucial role played by the maritime workers towards sustaining the country’s economic wellbeing.

While commending the leadership of MWUN under of Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, the President- General, the ANLCA President also noted that the maritime labour force has remained in the forefront of keeping the ports operational and efficient even in the midst of the economic lockdown imposed by the government as part of efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

He said: “Today, we join other leaders to celebrate all workers all over the world, particularly you our comrades in the maritime industry. We celebrate the Nigerian maritime workers sincerely because we owe them more than they are paid and we know that Nigeria being a maritime nation, without the maritime workers, there will not be a maritime industry.

“We in ANLCA see the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria MWUN and other workers as our formidable partners in progress. We appreciate your efforts not only at protecting workers rights but also championing the interest of the majority of Nigerians.

Indeed your acts of selflessness are second to none and have not gone unnoticed as we reminisce on the benefits of your labour to our common good. We have on record, the many interventions you have made to suggest ideas and policy direction to the government, in many instances while promoting industrial harmony.

“We celebrate your contributions because without you, our desires for greater economy, flourishing commerce, improved social life would have remained a mirage. Indeed, you are a vital human element in our national economic life. There is dignity in what you are doing for the Nigerian nation; we know it even though we don’t say it out every day.

“You are our strength, you are our workforce, and you are our persons on the frontlines of keeping the ports working even in the face of COVID-19 pandemic that is ravaging the global economy including the international maritime trade”

The ANLCA-boss, who doubles as Managing Director/CEO, Mac-Tonnel Nigeria Limited pledged that the association will always strive to maintain its partnership with the enrite maritime labour force.