The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has assigned its officers to the various shipping companies and terminals in the ports to assist in ensuring that all safety and health regulations issued by the authorities are strictly adhered to following the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the NSC, it is important that all port users, particularly freight forwarders, conduct themselves responsibly by adhering to health guidelines as they go about their essential business.
The NSc also disclosed in its statement that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr. Boss Mustapha, had given fresh guidelines to enable some banks operate within the Apapa area of Lagos, to facilitate operations in the ports.
The statement reads in part: “The SGF explained that at the onset of the lockdown, banking halls had been marked out as potential risk zones for Covid-19.
“However, a review of that thinking became necessary when it emerged that banks had to open for people to pay custom duties and other charges.”
Meanwhile, President of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, Chief Uche Increase, in an update on week four of the free bus services, reminded freight forwarders and other port users that the time remains 8 a.m for takeoff to Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports.
His statement reads: “The NSC/ CRFFN wishes to inform all freight forwarders and other port users that the bus shuttle service shall be available at the usual take off points enroute Apapa and Tin-can ports at 8 am.
“Please take note of the following; ensure orderliness when boarding while hanging your on-duty cards; have the proof of your purpose to the ports.
“Observe all the guidelines for the prevention of the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic; stay away if you don’t have compelling need to be at the port and keep safe always and remain blessed.”