Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Group Executive Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group, has urged the newly elected President-General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju to make stakeholder engagement a critical strategy as he assumed the mantle of leadership.
In a congratulatory message sent to Adeyanju and his new executive team, Afolabi, who described the new helmsman as a thorough bred professional, unionist and leader, advised him to cultivate stakeholders like the shipping lines, terminal operators, government regulatory agencies, the press, among others.
Afolabi said this collaboration is necessary in order to engender understanding which is the bedrock of harmony and development,
He said: “The election of the President-General and his executive team couldn’t have come at a better time. The maritime industry in Nigeria and its players are at a period where they need to explore the strength that comes from constant stakeholder engagement and promotion of better understanding that will lead to improvement in welfare for the workers. This harmony is necessary for the industry to fulfill its potentials and improve the sector’s contributions to the nation’s economy.
“I believe that the key to making the maritime sector a major earner for the government is by the promotion and realization of good welfare for all workers in the maritime sector and it is our sincere belief that the new executives will always seek to advance the interests of its members and all its stakeholders. As an organization, SIFAX Group will continue to support the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria and other labour unions because of the critical developmental roles they play in the sector. In view of this, we pledge our support to the union and the new leadership.”
Afolabi, who also hailed the quality of the choice of Comrade Adewale Adeyanju and that of his team, challenged them to come up with various workers-oriented ideas and programmes that could further improve the fortune of the industry, This way, Afolabi said, the impact of the association would be quickly felt.