Towards boosting barge operations in the country, the Barge Operators Association of Nigeria (BOAN) has partnered with the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) as the two bodies set up a steering committee to harmonise water transport activities.
The committee is to harmonise BOAN activities, discuss operational guidelines of using the waterways infrastructure and manpower for effective and efficient barge operations.
The committee was inaugurated during a visit by the BOAN President Edeme Kelikume and other executive members to the MWUN President-General Comrade Adewale Adeyanju at the union secretariat in Lagos during the week.
Speaking, the President of BOAN, Edeme Kelikume said the economic role barge operations will play in the economy and the maritime industry at large is unquantifiable, saying that his first meeting with the MWUN President General gave birth to the collaboration.
He urged the committee to take the assignment given to it seriously and make it work. ”No discipline, no progress; I urged the committee to take this task seriously. We are playing a huge economic role, let us take it seriously and make it work,” said BOAN President.
President-General Prince Adewale Adeyanju described the collaboration between MWUN and BOAN as a marriage of convenience that has come to stay which bothered on understanding among both parties.
According to Adeyanju, ”this partnership, as responsible organizations, will make the government see us as serious. We are not only going to operate in Lagos alone but in other parts of the country. MWUN will continue to support BOAN to succeed.”
The steering committee is chaired by Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed. Other members from BOAN are Ibrahim Mohammed, Alhaji Mohammed Jika, Mrs. Toyin Oyeleke, Alhaji Kehinde Muko and Ebitimi Dawodu. From MWUN are Tunde Balogun ( APMT), Sarafadeen Oguntoyinbo (TICT), Akeem Bolaji (ENL), Moses Osagie (Jetties and Standard Flour Mills), Akeem Ekundayo, Yomi Ogedegbe and Bature Yusuf.