MWUN knocks COMTUA over illegal checkpoints, extortion allegation


The Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria, MWUN has said that the assertion by the President of the Council of Maritime Truck Union and Associations, COMTUA, Prince Adeyinka Aroyemun that it tolls 20 checkpoints from Coconut Bus Stop to Tincan Island gate, a distance of about 1,000 meters is nothing but lies concocted to tarnish and rubbish the well laid foundation of the Union.

MWUN in a statement signed by its Secretary General, Comrade Felix S. Akingboye and made available to our correspondent the allegation was nothing but a figment of the Aroyemun’s “myopic imagination and a deliberate lie designed to malign the good image of the Union.

Akingboye recalled that MWUN and other reputable Unions and Associations were founding members of COMTUA but had to withdraw their membership because continually, a faction of COMTUA led by Prince Adeyinka Aroyemun breached the Memorandum of Understanding and resorted to blackmail and threats to members, security agencies and government alike adding that he went to the extent of writing frivolous petitions against COMTUA members while inciting infighting.

“We are not therefore, surprised that Prince Adeyinka Aroyemun has once again resorted to his gutter tactics of wantonly peddling falsehood as his means of getting back at MWUN for withdrawing its membership from COMTUA. MWUN is a partner in our growing economy and ensuring peace in all our ports, terminals, jetties, oil and gas platforms which informed our unblemish decade long record of maintaining industrial peace in the maritime sector. Our record is in the public space for all to see”, he said.

He noted that Comrade Prince Dr. Adewale Adeyanju, President General, MWUN had over the years built a reputation based on probity and proper public service saying that he had contributed in no small measure to the growth, sustenance and development of the maritime sector. This, he said could be attested to by the myriads of accolades conferred on him both by government and other relevant stakeholders in the maritime sector noting that to drag his name into this frills was wicked and unfortunate.

“For the sake of clarity, MWUN confines it’s activities to the areas clearly within its jurisdictional scope, one of which is haulage ably superintended by one of our highly trained and respected union official, Comrade Taofeek Shorinola. Our well trained members will and have not in any circumstance gone against the law as the ply their trade within the exclusive economic zone of the port and cannot be found on the road outside the port vicinity. This again is one of the many lies of Prince Adeyinka Aroyemun concocted to tarnish and rubbish the well laid foundation of MWUN and should, therefore, be ignored”, he submitted.

Photo: Comrade Prince Adewale Adeyanju, President General, Maritime Workers’Union of Nigeria, MWUN.

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