President General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) Dr. Adewale Adeyanju, has brokered the long awaited truce between the Union and its pioneer leader, Comrade Uzoije Ukaummunna in Lagos after 23 years when he exited the office
Adeyanju, who is also the Deputy President of Nigeria Labour Congress had on Wednesday December 20, 2023 led the Union executive members on a visit to Ukaummunna where the much awaited peace was brokered
The reunion was confirmed by a press release from John Kennedy Ikemefuna, the Union’s Head of Media
According to the release “It would be recalled the leadership tussle that engulfed the Union and the former President -General resulted in a face-off that had lasted for 23 years. But fate has it on Wednesday, the 20th of December, 2023, the day
“Comrade Adeyanju during the accord event threw the entire premises of the former President – General into a presidential ceremony, praised Ukaummunna for his doggedness, resilience with sheer tolerance during the turbulent period. Prince Adeyanju further described Ukaummunna as a Workaholic Founding Father of note in the merger of the four unions in 1996; whose vein runs with milk of meekness. He said, his generosity is unquantifiable as he brought a lot of innovations to the Union as its first President – General.
“It is on record that Comrade Uzoije purchased the property in Abuja that is today known as Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria Annex. This is one amongst the numerous legacies he left behind. And we are proud to say that he is our Pioneer President-General.
“During the colourful peace meeting, Comrade Uzoije in company of his wife thanked Prince Adeyanju for breaking the jinx of yester-years that has held a father and children bound.
They thanked the members of the Union for finding a space in their hearts to burying the hatchet; while praying also that he (Ukaummunna) be forgiven, stressing that to err is human and to forgive is divine.
Dr Adeyanju responded in similar tone praying for both couple, wishing them a happy life in good health enmeshed in longevity. And that the PG Emeritus’ labour for the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria will never go in vain as the Union has resolved to rehabilitate and return him to the fold of the Union alongside other former Presidents – General.