The Maritime Journalists Association of Nigeria (MAJAN), has honoured Prince Adewale Adeyanju, with the prestigious Maritime Labour Icon Award.
The Award was bestowed on him for his leadership prowess and outstanding performance, as the President-General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN).
Speaking during the special occasion, the President of MAJAN, Comrade Ray Ugochukwu, described Comrade Adeyanju as a reputable Maritime Labour Icon, who has through hard work and doggedness successfully liberated Maritime Workers from oppression by their employers.
In his remarks, Comrade Adeyanju, who is also the Deputy National President of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), expressed his pleasure on the proactiveness of Maritime Journalists in reporting activities in the sector.
Responding to questions on issues in the maritime industry, he called on the in-coming government to develop Warri and Calabar ports.
This, he said, becomes imperative to enhance greater productivity in the sector.
His words : “We have made our position known. The in-coming government should give attention to Warri, Calabar and other ports, instead of focusing only on Lagos ports, when other ports can be deployed to boost growth in the industry.
“Also, government should put the ports access roads in good shape like what obtains in other countries.
“For instance, the access road to TinCan Island Port has been taken over by artisans, food vendors cooking on the roads and other commercial activities taking place there. If you go to TinCan port in the evening, you will even see pupils in their uniforms playing on the major road. This is not the only place. The road leading to Onne Port is nothing to reckon with. We are hopeful that the new administration will address these issues”.
More so, Adeyanju explained that creating a separate ministry for maritime is not the solution to problems militating against the growth of the sector.
He advised : “We need efficiency in the system and not creating another ministry within a ministry. Government should put the right people in management positions, in order to increase productivity and achieve efficiency in the industry.”