The Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria STOAN, has expressed shock over the recent death of the Secretary-General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria MWUN, Comrade Aham Ubani.

Ubani died in Lagos last Monday after a brief illness.

Chairman, of the association, Princess Vicky Haastrup, who spoke in Lagos at weekend while expressing her condolence to the President-General of MWUN, Comrade Tony Nted and other members of the union,

Haastrup described Ubani’s death as a sad loss not only to the union but also to terminal operators and the larger maritime industry. 

“It was sad to learn of the demise of Comrade Ubani. He was a great unionist and a committed member of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria. He was humble and was a gentleman- comrade. His humility even in the pursuit of better lives for MWUN members was unparalleled”, she said

She also said that the heats of the terminal opperators are deeply saddened by this loss, adding that their thoughts and prayers go to the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria and the family of the deceased at this moment of grief.

She however prayed God to grant the union and family the peace and comfort in this time of mourning and always.

“Ubani is gone from our sight, but never from our hearts. Ubani’s death came at a time when the maritime industry needed his experience most. These are trying times for all of us. The ports have dried up due to ill-advised government policies that pertain to trade”, Haastrup lamented.

“I especially remember Ubani’s maturity, gentle spirit and loving nature. He will always be remembered as a man of impeccable character. May his soul rest in peace,” she added.   

It was however gathered Ubani was one of those voices of reason who persistently called on government to reverse policies that have led to the loss cargo and several jobs in the industry. 

Stakeholders therefore believe that his demise at this time when industry operators needded to speak out againt the many unpopular and seeming anti-people policies of the Federal Governmeent is a severe setback to the clamour for better government policies for the maritime industry.