The President General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Adewale Adeyanju has been decorated with the Association of Maritime Journalists of Nigeria (AMJON’s) medal and award as the best labour leader in Nigeria in the year 2021.
Adeyanju is the first labour leader to bag such prestigious award from the maritime press for his exceptional brilliancy in workers welfare and transparency while dealing with employers from the Nigerian maritime industry.
While speaking at the just concluded AMJON Conference/Awards held at the Sheraton Hotel Ikeja, Lagos, the labour leader reiterated the Union’s commitment to workers’ welfare and industrial peace and harmony in the maritime sector.
He noted that journalists play key role in the shipping industry while calling on stakeholders in the industry to pattern the association for effective and efficient dissemination of positive information.
Adeyanju who is also a trustee executive of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) appealed to the various journalists’ groups in the sector to collaborate and speak with one voice and urged organisers of the event to practice investigative journalism. He also tasked the maritime media association to think outside the box and ensure that they embrace proactive reportage for the growth of the sector.
While presenting the award to the labour icon, former President of the Association, Ismail Aniemu described Adeyanju as a leader with a difference noting that under his leadership, dockworkers, seafarers, and workers of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) enjoyed industrial peace and harmony and urged him to sustain the tempo.
In the same vein, the Vice President of Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Dr Kayode Farinto, described the labour leader as “the best thing has happened to the Maritime workers union of Nigeria in recent times.”
According to him, “the Union was in doldrums until the coming of Comrade Prince Adeyunju. You brought back vibrancy in the Maritime Union now everybody knows that the dockworkers must be given their due respect because without them, the logistic chain is incomplete. Thank you very much sir for the good work you are doing,” Dr Farinto said.