The Shipping Association of Nigeria (SAN) has expressed shock and displeasure over the recent press statement by Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN), describing it as ‘abusive’ eventhough the union remains SAN’s strategic partner.
SAN made this known in a statement disseminated on Wednesday, signed by its Chairman, Mrs. Boma Alabi, OON.
Part of the statement read: “SAN has read with dismay and shock, especially the use of intemperate and abusive language contained in the press release issued by MWUN. This statement can be considered unbecoming and indecent in any sane society.”
“However, it is not our intention to join issues with any member or members of MWUN whom we regard as our partners in progress and brothers and sisters with whom we have been working happily together for years.”
According to the association, 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.”
Alabi, however, stressed 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 MWUN to exercise restraint and work towards finding an amicable solution to whatever challenges facing the industry,” the statement buttressed.