The attention of the federal and state government have been drawn to the recent kidnap of members of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria
To this effect, the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has issued ultimatum to the Federal and Rivers State governments to ensure the release of their nine abducted members or they will withdraw their services.
Deputy National President General of the Union, Francis Bunu stated this in a Press Conference held in Port Harcourt.
“The union is not happy with the recent kidnap of our colleagues and we are not taking it likely. We want the media to help us inform the federal and the state government that we are giving them two weeks from now to do something about their released, else we are going to withdraw our services until they are released.”
According to Bunu, the high rate of losses that water transport operators are incurring in Rivers State has become a source of national worry especially the recent abduction of nine boat operators in Kula waterways in Asari-Toru LGA of the state.
Speaking further, the Maritime National Deputy President wondered why the state government is not providing more gunboats to patrol the Rivers State waterways the way it is doing with patrol vehicles for land transportation and demanded for urgent action.
Bunu also started that the kidnappers of the boat drivers are making outrageous financial demands as ransom from the union and family members of the abductees, maintaining that they do not have such amount to pay for their release and pleaded on security agencies to hasten up for their immediate freedom from their abductors.
Our correspondent who was at the briefing reports that the briefing had in attendance leaders of the Union from all branches in Rivers State and the South-South region.