…Submits verified list of defunct ex-NNSL employees to FG c’ttee
By Victor AhiumaYoung
Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, has said it will not relent on its efforts at securing the payment of benefits for disengaged seafarers of the defunct Nigerian National Shipping Line, NNSL, or their beneficiaries.
MWUN has been battling with the Federal Government and its agencies over unpaid benefits to the senior citizens and beneficiaries of defunct NNSL despite a subsisting court order that they should be paid.
A senior official of MWUN told Vanguard on condition of anonymity that the union had been unrelenting in the the battle towards ensuring that the disengaged seafarers, their next of kin or legal beneficiaries are paid their dues.
According to him, “The union recently concluded the verification of all the affected disengaged seafarers, the next of kin or the legal beneficiaries of those who have died. We invited them to Lagos and they came from all parts of the country for the verification exercise.
“At the end of the exercise, the union compiled the list and sent to the Ministerial Committee set up to address the issue. The Ministerial Committee is made of appropriate agencies of the Federation Government including Ministries of Labour and Transportation, the Union, Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, and others.
“We are now waiting for the committee for the next line of action. Like I said, on our part, we will not rest until those who are alive and the families of those that have died are paid their full benefits in line with the court ruling.”
Not long ago, the government and MWUN signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, on how to address the protracted issue.
The three-point MoU, was reached between the Federal Ministry of Transportation and MWUN after a meeting at the instance of the immediate past Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige.
“The meeting was called to find a lasting solution to the lingering case of non-payment of pension and other benefits to the aged seafarers disengaged from the defunct NNSL in 1995.“