… As workers lament uncertainty over job retention.
A leader of a formidable union in the maritime industry has called on the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to shun all advances made by the Integrated Logistics Services (INTELS) to regain the pilotage contract recently terminated with it.
He also applauded the termination of the contract due to what he described as giving Nigeria’s heritage to few individuals.
The president Senior Staff Association of Communications, Transport and Corporations (SSACTAC), maritime branch, Comrade Benson Adegbeyeni said that the management of NPA would be seen as not being serious about their anti corruption fight should they consider INTELS in awarding the contract after it failed to keep to the contract terms.
This is as the staff of the sacked organisation lament uncertainty over whether they will retain their job as the January deadline given to the organisation is fast approaching.
Recall that the federal government recently announced the termination of the service boat contract with intels over allegation of failure to keep to the Treasury Single Account (TSA) regulations.
The move has since generated mixed reactions from the political and economic circles. In a recent chat with our correspondent, Comr. Adegbeyeni said that NPA should not consider INTELS among the new bidders for the pilotage contract.
According to him, INTELS, if given another opportunity will continue to rip the government off even as he said that the contract did not follow due process in awarding it.
He also accused the organisation of making a lot of money and remitting peanuts to the federal government coffers.
In his words, “It is a simple question; if you are working for me before and I am not satisfied with your services, I need to engage another hand.
“If you are doing something wrong, I took it from you and you bidded and I give it back to you, it means I don’t know what I am doing.
“If the management should give them, it means the management is not serious about what they are saying,” he stated.
Speaking further, Adegbeyeni maintained that termination of the contract with intels was justifiable saying, “Nigerians’ inheritance should not be given to cabals it dome group of people because they are privileged.”
He accused intels of operating like an empire on its own. “I have never seen a situation where the tenant will prove to be more powerful than the owner of the house. Intels was not following due process, they do whatever they like and pay peanuts to the federal government,” he said.
However, when The Journal spoke with one of the staff of INTELS on phone, he said that the fate of the workers was under the mercy of whoever is coming to take over as the new contractor.
The source who does not want his name in print pleaded with the federal government to appeal to the new contractor to retain the staff.
His fear according to him stems from rumours making the round that whoever wins the new bid might want to work with new set of staff who they will train from the scratch.