The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), has assigned its officers to various shipping companies and terminals towards ensuring strict compliance with all safety and health regulations issued by the authorities during the covid-19 pandemic period.
The management of the Council made this disclosure in a statement made available to nigeriamaritime360.com on Sunday.
NSC reiterated the need for all port users, particularly freight forwarders, to conduct themselves responsibly and adhere to health guidelines as they go about their very essential business.
The statement further revealed that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, had during the daily COVID-19 briefing last week, engaged the Executive Secretary/CEO of Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Mr. Hassan Bello, that some banks had agreed to open for business in the Apapa axis for a limited number of hours in order to facilitate port operations.
The SGF explained that at the onset of the lockdown, banking halls had been marked out as potential risk zones for Covid19 a move which was reviewed as banks had to open for people to pay custom duties and other charges.
In view of the importance of the continuation of port operations as essential services as highlighted by President Muhammadu Buhari in his March 29 address, the statement said that the Council has been engaging with all stakeholders under its purview to ensure that safety and health guidelines are strictly adhered to so as to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Editing by ‘Biodun Soyele
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