President General of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Prince Adewale Adeyanju has expressed worry over the work attitude of the new Executive Secretary/Chief Executive of Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC) Hon Emmanuel Jime, saying since he assumed office he has refused to engage with the industry stakeholders on ways to tackle the myriad of problems confronting the industry with the view of charting the way forward for the nation’s maritime sector. Comrade Adeyanju spoke in an interview with journalists in Lagos, recently.

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He cited the example of the reported invasion of the offices of some of the shipping companies in Lagos by the alleged officials of the Federal Consumers Competition Protection Commission (FCCPC) with heavily armed men, to explain why he so worried over how the Nigeria Shippers Council has abdicated its responsibilities in just few months that Barr. Hassan Bello, the immediate ES/CEO of the Council retired from service.

Adeyanju said: “This development explains the issue I am raising about the new man at the Shippers’ Council who is not meeting with stakeholders. If the invasion of the shipping companies’ offices had taken place in the time of Hassan Bello you will see him in the forefront of the struggle to engage those invaders. He will be there.”

He continued; “We have written to congratulate Emmanuel Jimmy on his appointment, and for a courtesy visit, but he has never deemed it fit to meet with the union so that we can advise him. Back to the question of the invasion of the shipping companies by the said government agency, nobody can enter your compound without due process. When that invasion occurred, we were taken aback with my team. We left this office around 8pm that day. When they came, they attacked Hull Blyte, Cosco and others to the extent that they invaded the shipping Line’s servers.

“We condemned that act no doubt, but a senior officer of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (name withheld) called me and asked me where those government officials that invaded the shipping companies with heavily armed came from. My response to him was simple, you are the regulator, and you need to investigate them properly.

“We, however, wrote to the new man at the Shippers’ Council over the incident, but no response. So we felt we could handle it in our own style. We are watching the new ES. As a regulator of the port industry your door must be open to those you are regulating always. That is how it was in the time of Hassan Bello and that is why the industry is already missing him,” he said.