The Shipping Association of Nigeria, SAN has condemned in its entirety the statement credited to the Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria, MWUN describing it as shocking.
Speaking in a statement in Lagos, the Chairman of SAN, Boma Alabi observed that the statement laced with the use of intemperate and abusive language could be considered unbecoming and indecent in any sane society.
Alabi, however, reassured that it was not the intention of the association to join issues with any member or members of the MWUN who she said they regarded as partners in progress and brothers and sisters with whom they had been working happily together for years.
According to her, “Those who are quick to allege falsehood and resort to personal attacks are usually the purveyors of falsehood personified. A schedule of meetings between SAN and MWUN was attached to my previous statement. This schedule included dates of every meeting and venue in some cases. Facts are sacred. The alleged statement circulating on behalf of the MWUN carefully ignored these facts and went on a spiteful personal attack instead. This is not the spirit to foster industrial harmony.
“We have been consistently expressing the fact that SAN is a voluntary association of willing members comprising of a number of the shipping lines operating in the maritime sector. Much as we subscribe wholeheartedly to the welfare and betterment of our workers, we are equally constrained to state that SAN does not have control over all other maritime operators.
“Therefore, our earlier response was absolutely necessary to ensure a balanced narrative, not to join issues or go into vitriolic and unwarranted personal attacks.
“We count on the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN to exercise restraint and work towards finding an amicable solution to whatever challenges facing the industry.”
Photo: Boma Alabi, Chairman, SAN.
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