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Nigerian Shippers’ Council Meets With Maritime Stakeholders

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Following the intervention of the executive secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Barrister Hassan Bello, the strike embarked upon by National Association of Truck Owners, has been called off.

Major part of the grievances of the association was the recent tonnage regime introduced by Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), which according to them, will stifle their business coupled with the massive extortion by security agents at the port environment. Another grouse is the infrastructure decay at the ports coupled with dilapidated road network at Apapa.

According to one of the truckers, the recent tonnage regime introduced by Nigeria Ports Authority, is a huge burden on their members, given that most of their members hardly see cargo to carry. “And even, if one sees cargo to carry, the security agents have lined up from the gate of the ports to some section of Ogun State, extorting money from members.

“This has contributed tremendously on why the ease of doing business, introduced by the federal government, is not achieving the desired result”, he noted.

In an all stakeholders’ meeting conveyed by Nigerian Shippers’ Council on Thursday, executive secretary/CEO, Hassan Bello, pleaded with the association to call off the strike. He promised to convey their grievances to the appropriate authorities but cautioned that in the present day labour movement, strike has become an aberration and does not help the economy, neither does it grow their corporate or individual businesses.

He pointed out that a well-structured engagement brings solution while enjoining NARTO members to call off the strike and come to an all round table solution meeting that will be a win-win.



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