Trouble Looms As MWUN Serves Ultimatum On Oshodi-Apapa Road


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Prince Adewale Adeyanju


  • Anenih’s son slumps, dies while playing lawn tennis

Crisis looms in the air as Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) on Sunday gave the Federal Government a 21-day ultimatum to make the Oshodi-Apapa Dual Carriage Way and the access roads leading to the nation’s sea ports  motorable, a tall order for Government to achieve.

The President of MWUN, Prince Adewale Adeyanju, gave the ultimatum while responding to questions from journalists in Lagos, stressing that it was sad that the access roads to the ports were in such deplorable condition.

Specifically, the Comrade said the MWUN dread to accept the fact that Government has actually abandoned  both the access roads to the nation’s seaports and the Oshodi-Apapa Dual Carriage Way that leads to Apapa and Tin-Can, hence the need to forcefully compel attention to it.


“It is sad that the gateway to the nation’s economy is abandoned. We have written several letters including issuance of ultimatums over these roads but all to no avail.

“’We can no longer live with the abandonment of access roads to the ports which have been in the state of disrepair for years in spite of efforts to draw government attention to the need  to fix them,” he stated, noting that for a long time, the Oshodi-Apapa Dual Carriage Way as well as other port access roads had become death traps to road users.

He maintained that the roads had been recording fatal accidents on a daily basis, recalling that in December 2016, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) had announced that the contract for the rehabilitation of the Dual Carriage Way had been awarded.

”We are in May 2017, nothing has been done. The sad thing is that there’s no sign that any contract had been awarded to any contractor,” Adeyanju posited, adding that only last week, the NPA had indicated again to the union that contracts had been awarded for the rehabilitation of the roads.

”If after three months to six months, the rehabilitation project does not start, we shall be compelled to take necessary action without further notice,” the union leader said.

He urged the Authorities to repair the roads to save lives of innocent Nigerians that get attacked, harassed or robbed by hoodlums when trapped on the road, grieving that despite the assurances to the contrary, hoodlums were taking advantage of the deplorable state of roads to wreck havoc, on daily basis.

In the meantime, Eugene, a son of a former Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustees Chairman, Chief Tony Anenih, has been reported dead.

It was gathered that Eugene slumped and died while playing lawn tennis on Sunday in a Lagos club. Medical sources linked his death to heart attack.

The death of Anenih’s son came less than a month after the deceased’s mother died in April.

Efforts to reach him for comments at about 8.45pm on Sunday were unsuccessful.

But a source close to the family confirmed the incident.

The source, however, declined to give details about the circumstances surrounding Eugene’s death.

When contacted, the Edo State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Dan Orbih, who also confirmed the development, noted that the party would make an official statement soon.

“The thing (incident) just happened. We will be making a statement, maybe, tomorrow,” Orbih added.

The deceased was, until his death, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Nova Finance & Securities Limited.

He was formerly the Head of Corporate Finance and Treasury Operations at A and Hatman Ltd. before moving on to Nova Finance & Securities Limited as Chief Executive Officer.

He was an authorised Dealing Clerk of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers. Eugene holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Benin.

He also attended the Programme for Management Development at Harvard, United States. He was an alumus of the Harvard business School.

He also attended several courses in capital Market Internationally including Capital Equity appraisals suite courses with the New York Institute of Finance, New York and Strategic valuations on equities with Euromoney.

Additional report from Punch


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