The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria has blamed the current gridlock on the Ports access roads, especially the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway on the activities of four shipping companies.
The Union which insisted that four shopping companies are majorly responsible for the gridlock said the action of the companies had severally led to negative economic consequences at the Tin-Can and Apapa Ports.
The MWUN specifically accused the companies of deliberately keeping their trucks and their containers as means of attracting demurrage payment daily from their already overburdened members, truck owners and their drivers.
According to a statement issued Sunday, by the President-General of MWUN, Adewale Adeyanju, a 21-day ultimatum has been issued to the Federal and Lagos State governments within which to call these companies to order.
According to him, the government should compel them to stop using their private businesses to cause public nuisance.
The union threatened to embark on industrial action to protect its members, should the government fail to address their demands.
Adeyanju said, “These shipping companies deliberately keep the trucks and their laden containers as means of attracting demurrage payment daily from our already overburdened members, truck owners and their drivers.”