Thousands of Somalis expected to lose their job at Mogadishu’s seaport
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Thousands of Somali employees at Mogadishu’s seaport are on the brink of losing their job after a Turkish company recently took over the managerial affairs of the port.
This comes after the Turkish Albayrak company entered into an agreement with the Somali government late last year after signing a contract to reconstruct, modernize and develop the seaport while in return managing it for twenty years to come.
Angered by the news that more than 90% of them would be fired, the Somali employees protested out of anger at the seaport, demanding that the decision be re-considered. “The Turkish company has told us that it will fire 5180 out of the 5530 Somali employees working at the docks. This will threaten their livelihood and only source of income” said Mohamed Osman Haji, head of the Union for Somali Employees. “If the Turkish company and Somali government go ahead with this decision they’ll be putting these Somali youth in a predicament, many whom will leave the country through smuggling routes or die trying, whilst others will immerse themselves in illegal activities” he further added.
In recent years the Somali government has been signing contracts with foreign companies, who’d bring their employees into Somalia, whilst government positions were mostly appointed to Somalis from the diaspora community, causing the anger of many locals claiming to have been sidelined and marginalized, feeling alienated in their own country.