By Godwin Oritse

Suspected Cargo Ship discharging in Delta private port without crew observing self quarantine

IN a bid to ensure compliance to health safety guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic for port user and other stakeholders, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, NSC, has assigned some officials to terminal operators and shipping companies.

According to the Council, this would guarantee the continuation of safe port operations for handling essential services as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Recall that the Council earlier complained that most terminal operators and shipping companies didn’t provide working environments that support social distancing as well as basic precautionary measures such as hand washing equipments and sanitizers.

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A press release signed by the management yesterday, said; “the Council has assigned its officers to the various shipping companies and terminals to assist in ensuring that all safety and health regulations issued by the authorities are strictly adhered to during these times.”

“NSC cannot overemphasise the importance of all port users, particularly freightforwarders, conducting themselves responsibly and adhering to health guidelines as they go about their very essential business”

To ensure seamless port operations, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, during the daily COVID-19 briefing in the past week, referred to his conversation with the Executive Secretary of Shippers’ Council, Mr. Hassan Bello, in which it was confirmed 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.

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