By DAPO OLAWUNI
The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders has announced the donation of N100,000 to Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) and N50,000 each to three other freight forwarding associations so as to cushion the effect of Coronavirus pandemic.
In a press release signed by the Secretary General of NAGAFF, Mr Dipo Olayoku, the association equally donated N500,000 to the Federal Government and N350,000 to the Lagos State Government.
Other associations who benefited from the donation were the various beat associations of maritime journalists in Nigeria.
The break down of the donations is as follows:
1) Federal Government COVID-19 – N500,000
2) Lagos State COVID -19 – N350,000
3) NCMDLCA – N50,000
4) MARAN – N50,000
5) AMJON – N50,000
6) NAGAFF SEME border – N50,000
7) NAGAFF Jibiya border – N50,000
8) League of Editors – N50,000
9) MAJAN – N50,000
10) NAGAFF Idiroko border – N50,000
11) ANLCA – N100,000
12)AREFFN – N50,000
13) NAFFAC – N50,000
The NAGAFF Scribe said the donation is to further ensure operational efficiency and wellbeing of the port users across the ports.
“During the daily and weekly analysis of situation report on the ports
operations under the Covid-19 pandemic aimed at monitoring and
ascertaining the compliance level by stakeholders from the situation room
today resolved to appreciate the commitment and efforts of the above listed
bodies towards their collective efforts towards their collective efforts against Covid -19 pandemic, thus rolled out palliative incentives to support them”, he said.
“NAGAFF therefore call on all well meaning critical stakeholders at the
port industry to rise to the occasion by deploying its resources towards
safeguarding the ports and its users to engender the curtailing of the spread
of Covid-19 pandemic”
“May we re-emphasize, that the fight against Covid -19 should be a collective
effort, and that no stone should be left unturned in this regard”
“While commending the efforts and tenacity of the aforementioned stakeholders under the prevailing circumstances, NAGAFF wishes to reiterate its official position that freight forwarders who do not have any business in the port are requested to stay at home, while those who have official business engagement in the ports should do so with total adherence to the stipulated precautionary measures by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the directive of the government, through its relevant agencies”
“Accordingly, we do stress that only the living and healthy can carry out
business functions beyond Covid-19, hence the need to keep safe and
secured” he said