Reviewing the operational environment of seaport terminal services since the lockdown in Lagos as a result of the COVID-19, Spokesman of STOAN, Bolaji Akinola, told our correspondent that save for the President’s precise directive exempting port workers from movement restrictions, it would have been more difficult as security operatives enforcing the lockdown order kept harassing
owners, especially those that are non-essential goods, to come move out their
cargoes to give room for essential cargoes at this time.
The full interview:
All our workers at the port have their PPEs and they have them on at all time. For those who have to be at the port, social distancing is strongly observed; adequate spacing maintained. Any worker or visitor to the facility is thoroughly screened and temperature checks are taken. Unnecessary gatherings are not allowed at this time, especially in operational areas.
At the beginning of the lockdown many banks did not come up and it created a lot of problems for consignees. But, that has changed and I must commend the Nigerian Shippers’ Council. It rose up to the challenge to rally the banks to get to work.
biggest port in the US, the Port of Los Angeles, for last month, witnessed a decline of about 30 % in its cargo throughput.