BY INNOCENT OROK
In its bid to further bring succour to importers and businesses during the Covid19 pandemic the management of Nigerian Shippers’ Council met with haulers yesterday to discuss adherence to health and safety guidelines during this period of COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a press statement issued by the Council and signed by
Rakiya Zubairu , Deputy Director
Public Relations, the Council observed that truckers were not taking specific precautions as issued by health authorities. They were reminded of the dangers of them spreading the virus in the course of their travels across Nigeria.
The NSC also discuss moderation/standardisation of haulage rates with the haulers .
In the course of the meeting, the haulers brought to the attention of the Council the various problems confronting them. These problems ranges from extortion, laxity on the part of freight forwarders
to the fear of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Both parties agreed in the meeting that truckers haulage rates be reviewed downwards by 30% during the lockdown period. The haulers had agreed with the NSC that the light road traffic has
made their work easier during this lockdown.
The management of the Council assured them that it would look into all their concerns with a view to finding lasting solutions for the benefit of all stakeholders.
In another development, as part of efforts to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the port community, the management of NSC visited the Ports Terminal and Multipurpose Limited (PTML) one of the major terminals in Tin Can Island port to assess compliance with health and safety guidelines.
The Health Safety Environment officer said the management of the terminal recognises the potential havoc the disease can wreak on the business.
“It is this consciousness that has resulted in strict enforcement on the
premises of the use of hand sanitizers, gloves and facemasks, in addition to constant enlightenment on the
importance of personal hygiene and social distancing.” he said.
The management of PTML expressed appreciation to the Council for not dropping the ball even before the lockdown was imposed by government.
Shippers’ Council commended PTML for constantly striving to maintain international standards and urged
the terminal to keep up the good work.