Seafarers union, the Nigeria Merchant Navy Officers and  Water  Transport Senior Staff Association (NMNOWTSSA) have dissociated itself from the arrest of over 100 illegal officers claiming to be a Merchant Navy outfit.

The Trade Union Congress TUC affiliate union, further commended the Lagos State Commissioner of Police,  for the timely intervention of the arrest noting that the Seafarers fraternity has no connection with those apprehended.

The Seafarers union described the arrest as a welcome development that will serve as a deterrent to other fake body extorting teeming Nigeria youths of their hard earn money.

In a statement tagged Disclaimer , copy made available to our correspondent and signed by Secretary General of the union, Comrade Aleakhue, John Okpono, explained that the union represent the Nigeria Seafarers both locally and internationally.

The   scribe noted that the seafarers union operate within the ambit of the law and has no link with security activities as several letters had be transmitted to NN, NSA & Nigeria police in this regards.

He noted that their union is  recognised by the Federal Government official gazetted and the only registered body saddle with the responsibility of catering for the welfare of Nigerian Seafarers (Officers).

However, he called on the general public and the Nigeria police that such general statement of proscribing the Merchant Navy without reservation is damaging and misleading, adding that ”  It’s therefore demand that the proscription order be restricted to the miscreants organizations.

Continuing, the Secretary General affirmed that” We are legal and legitimate in our operations as enshrined in the trade unions (Amendment) act No 22 of 1978.”

“Nigeria Merchant Navy Officers and water transport Senior Staff Association is the umbrella body for Nigeria Seafarers. It can not be outlaw by anybody as far as Maritime activities is concerned in Nigeria & internationally.”

The statement reads thus” DISCLAIMER! DISCLAIMER!! DISCLAIMER!!!

“We the Nigeria Merchant Navy Officers and Water Transport Senior Staff Association (NMNO/WTSSA), is recognised by the Federal Government official gazetted and registered body saddle with the responsibility of catering for the welfare of Nigerian Seafarers (Officers) write to appreciate the effort of the Nigerian Police Force,  mostly the Lagos State Police command or the clamp down on the falsely acclaimed Merchant Navy outfit (Coastal Defence Force).

” This is a welcome development that will serve as a deterrent to other fake bodies extorting our teaming Nigeria youths of their hard earned  money.

However, we the registered and recognized body for the welfare and well being of seafarers wish to disassociate our humble organization that is affiliate of ITF LONDON & TUC Nigeria from the unscrupulous activities of the pseudo Merchant Navy outfit. We don’t know them and have nothing in common with them and it’s nefarious activities.

“We want to inform the general public and the Nigeria police that such general statement of proscribing the Merchant Navy without reservation is damaging and misleading.

“We, are the fourth arm of the Armed Forces of the federal Republic of Nigerian helping with logistics in the event of distress. These roles are not unique to Nigeria Merchant Navy alone but, universally recognized  and a professional body with global outlook.

“We represent the Nigeria Seafarers both locally and internationally. Since will operate within the ambit of the law, no security agency can proscribe us.

We therefore  demand that the proscription order be restricted to the miscreants organizations. We are legal and legitimate in our operations as enshrined in the trade unions (Amendment) act No 22 of 1978.

“We wish to appeal to our members all over the globe to remain calm while the leadership of our great Association is making emphatic moves to erase the embarrassment as a result of the police biased information before the public.

“Nigeria Merchant Navy Officers and water transport Senior Staff Association is the umbrella body for Nigeria Seafarers (Officers). It can not be outlaw by anybody as far as Maritime activities are concerned in Nigeria & internationally.

 

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