•For Engineering •Divers •Aloro-Kirikiri Depot •Atlas Cove and Waziri Jetty
By Isaac ORIEKA
At a time when courageous District and Union leaders are being sorted after to provide a guiding compass and redirection to the Units under the Lagos industrial District who were almost adrift due to lack of cohesion, Comrade Bashiru Saidu, Chairman of the District and his executives played a pragmatic role to organising the Units election recently to harmonize the Units in order to strengthen the District vision for optimum performance.
Creekvibes magazine captured the event in a grand style where five Units under the Lagos industrial District in which the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, (MWUN), is the Apex body, successfully conducted the Units election, namely: Engineering, Divers, Aloro-Kirikiri Depot, Waziri Jetty, and Atlas Cove Units.
After their inauguration, and in an interview with Creekvibes Magazine, their new chairmen and executive members pledge to uphold the authority of conscious uniformity based on equity, cooperation, and high standard professional practice, by serving the Maritime industry with a view to ensuring that their members are gainfully employed in their various operational scope within their jurisdiction.
Since the resumption of Comrade Bashiru Saidu to the District in December 2021, Creekvibes observed that there has been relative peace in the District which was evident in the weeklong elections devoid of any violent act or protest which is an extension of his reactionary positive attributes of a Union leader ready to build and move the District to another level.
Therefore, the Chairman, Comrades, Bashiru Saidu, and Power Unukefe, Coordinator, Lagos Industrial District, spoke with one voice by telling the Units Chairmen and their executives, “To see progress as the measure of team sport among themselves, irrespective of who heads the Units.
The call of duty according to them is to complement each others’ efforts in order to provide the best possible leadership to the Unit members.”
Continuing,..”On a day like this, we celebrate, we have fun, and we marvel at everything that has been done before, but we also have to recommit ourselves to making sure that everybody in all the Units has the opportunity, and gets a fair shot in the administration of the Units which is an essential ingredient of Unionism.” The District Chairman also reminded them (the Units), are operating under a Federal Government act, which is backed by the appropriate maritime and Labour laws, so their activities is legal and recognized. That the District is ready to work and guide them in every area for them to succeed.
One of the high points of the election was the merger of the Aloro-Kirikiri depot Units which became one indivisible brand Unit facilitated by the current chairman, Bashiru Saidu.
Comrade Ahmed Adenuga, Chairman, Atlas Cove Unit in an excellent acceptance and thank you speech commended the Lagos Industrial District for the smooth conduct of the election in the various Units and his resolve to work tirelessly for him and his team to excel in the discharge of their duties. Saying, “It is a sacred responsibility which l will devote my strength and capacity to discharge effectively to meet the desired expectations of our members and other stakeholders.”
In the closing remark, the District Chairman urged all the units to work as one family for effective service delivery.