The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council, Barr Hassan Bello on Wednesday paid a working visit to the Five Star Logistics Terminal at the Tin Can Island Port, even as the operator said that 6,000 imported vehicles are stucked at the terminal, waiting for evacuation.
Barr Hassan Bello apart from terminal operators, also contacted the Nigeria Customs Service, The Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) and the Presidential Task Team on restoration of order on Apapa roads to collaborate over the Easter weekend to enable freight forwarders take delivery of cargoes.
He assured that the port terminals would be open to any freight forwarder who has completed their paperwork to evacuate their cargoes during the Easter holidays
In his opening statement during the port visit, the Shippers Council boss pointed out that, Nigeria, like other countries, cannot afford to close down ports; this is to allow cargo flow, particularly pharmaceutical products, industrial raw materials and hospital equipment amongst others.
Bello commended the Five Star Terminal for the compliance measures put in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
He noted the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the use of everyone on the premises as the terminal remained operational during the lockdown.
He stated that, Nigerian Shippers’ Council is working tirelessly to ensure that port operations and seamless movement of cargo delivery is achieved.
The Five Star Logistics Management represented by the General Manager, Mr. Wolfgang Schneider, informed the Shippers’ Council management that only essential staff of the company are coming to work.
He further stated that the terminal has over 5000-6000 vehicles ready for delivery during the Easter Public holiday.
He highlighted various challenges most important of which he said is limited space for storage.
He also appealed to NSC to intervene in the matter of barge operations by ensuring that they are made to continue.