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Rivers: NPA marine pilots kick over alleged unpaid allowances

Some marine pilots of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) have complained about nonpayment of their footage allowance by the management, seeking the intervention of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and shipping companies worldwide.

The marine pilots, who spoke with newsmen in Port Harcourt outside the premises of the NPA, claimed that the unpaid allowance was captured in the 2020, 2021 and 2022 budgets, and that the money had been paid to the NPA, but that the management refused to pay them accordingly. They also noted that the management still owed them the allowance since 2017 and that when they threatened to go on strike in 2020, the management rather made a partial payment of the 2017 allowance. They added that in 2021, the management also made part payment of the 2018 allowance, after various correspondences and engagements, and has refused to make further payments since then.

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