Lockdown: Operations will continue at the ports, NPA assures operators

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Following to the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari that Lagos seaports; Apapa and Tin can Island ports, should remain open in the duration of the two-week lockdown of Lagos State, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has assured all stakeholders that arrangements have been made for operations at the ports to continue without hindrance.

The General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, NPA, Engr. Jatto Adams who gave the assurance on Monday in a statement in Lagos on Monday observed that safety procedures, which would guarantee the wellbeing and security of stakeholders and staff had been put in place while advising all stakeholders to comply with directives of port officials.

Adams also said that “all other government agencies responsible for smooth operations in the ports are enjoined to be at their respective duty posts to discharge their functions in line with the presidential directive of maintaining operational functions at the Lagos ports.”

He added that “the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority assures all stakeholders of its commitment to facilitation of trade in Nigeria.”

It will be recalled that President Muhammdu Buhari in a nationwide broadcast where he ordered an initial 14 days restriction of movement in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja with effect from 11pm on Monday 30th March, 2020 however exempted the Lagos seaports insisting that the ports would continue to run in order to facilitate the clearance of essential goods.

Photo: Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Ms Hadiza Bala Usman.

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