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Clearing agents, truckers suspend strike

…Issue fresh 21-day ultimatum

By Godfrey Bivbere & Godwin Oritse

LAGOS—The protesting clearing agents and truckers, yesterday, called off a two-day strike after a marathon meeting in Lagos by all the parties, even as they issued a fresh 21-day ultimatum for the issues raised to be addressed.

The two-day strike is believed to have cost the nation about N12 billion (N6 billion per day).

A statement by Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA; National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF, initiative and the Maritime Transporters, noted that the decision to suspend the strike was reached at the meeting of representatives of the bodies in Lagos.

National Publicity Secretary of ANLCA, Kayode Farinto, told Vanguard that part of the reasons for the suspension was that the issue was discussed at the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting, yesterday.

hellish time back again: Fuel tankers and container-laden trucks along Funsho William Avenue, Lagos, triggering a traffic snarl that lasted for several hours, yesterday. Photo by Joe Akintola, Photo Editor.

The statement by representatives of the associations said the suspension was in response to pleas by the government and other well-meaning Nigerians to allow government address all the issues which necessitated the withdrawal of their services.

The statement read in part: “As patriotic Nigerians, the associations agreed that the economy should not be unduly further distressed.

“The associations used the occasion to commend the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council,  NSC,  Hassan Bello and Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA,  Hajia Hadiza Usman, for their efforts at repositioning the total logistics supply chain.”

They, however, gave the government a fresh 21-day ultimatum to address all the issues in contention so as to avert another round of withdrawal of services.

The Associations commended their members for their support during the exercise and urged them to remain calm as they have been, promising to always protect their interests.


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