Chief Ifeanyi C. Anakweze (Ezenwa)

By Frontline Reporters

The acting President of National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents, Chief Ifeanyi C. Anakweze (Ezenwa) has commended the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria TICT branch for calling off the strike they embarked upon few days ago.

Chief Anakweze who made the commendation recently while reacting the the decision of the TICP staff to end the strike, said they have saved clearing agents who would have been the major losers I’m terms major losers in terms of demurrages from shipping companies and terminal operators if the strike had continuesd.

According to Chief Anakweze, “The labour union has shown that they are reliable partners in the supply chain of the maritime industry.

Chief Anakweze called on the TICT management to take proactive steps to address the issues that led to the strike in the first place, urging the TICT management to treat the welfare of their staff as a priority because they are the geese that lay the golden egg. Without these workers, business at TICT would be grounded and both TICT management, clearing agents, Nigeria Customs service, government agencies and other stakeholders involved in doing business at TICT would be seriously affected. The enormous losses experienced by all stakeholders in the last few days of the strike have shown that the labour union workers should on no account be taken for granted or be treated with levity by TICT management or any other terminal Operator elsewhere. He lamented that clearing agents are always at the receiving end of any disagreement between terminal operators and labour union in the port industry”.

He added that clearing agents always lose millions of naira during strike actions by paying huge demurrages of which they were not the cause .

Anakweze called on the staff of the TICT to feel free to reach out to the leadership of NCMDLCA anytime they have issues that affect them. He assured that NCMDLCA is ever ready to forge a proactive synergy with the labour union to find lasting solutions to challenges they face in the cause of doing their job. He counselled the workers to shun the act of taking laws into their hands no matter the provocations, but to exhaust every avenue of dialogue and peaceful resolution.

Also, speaking on the issue of collaboration between the five accredited freight forwarding associations, he commended it as a move that is long overdue and a good omen that would stem the negative tide of speaking with discordant tunes among freight Forwarders.

“Better days are ahead, if freight forwarders under different associations can speak with one voice and forge a united synergy on all issues affecting their operations in the industry,” Chief Anakweze remarked.


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