Shippers’ council partners NCDC to curtail spread of COVID-19 to port community
Terminal operator supports govt’s action plan
The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), has partnered with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the maritime community.
Commenting on the programme ramped up recently, Head, Public Relations, Rakiya Zubairu, said the Council handed over hundreds of face masks and hand sanitizers to the leaders of seven trucking associations.
This is coming as Tin Can Island Container Terminal (TCICT) contributes to national response plan against Covid-19.
Zubair said the programme was significant because truckers, being essential workers, are some of the few people who are allowed to move across state lines as they deliver essential cargoes all around the country.
She said NSC made the rounds of terminals and shipping companies on a COVID-19 sensitization campaign.
The NCDC, according to her, assigned one if its doctors to deliver a talk on COVID-19 at the various locations where freight forwarders and staff of these organisations were present.
Meanwhile, Tin Can Island Container Terminal (TICT) has donated N100 million to the Federal Government’s Covid-19 Relief Fund.
TICT, a multinational port operating company with its terminal located at the Tin Can Island Port Complex Lagos, made the contribution to support the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.
Managing Director of TICT, Etienne Rocher, said: “The donation to the Federal Government is in line with the company’s collaborative approach to act and be recognized as a proactive and pioneering change agent, keen and able to positively contribute to the development of Nigeria and the well-being of the citizens. We must also observe all other precautionary measures including social distancing, frequent hand washing with soap under running water and the use of masks and gloves as may be applicable,”
Rocher also advised port workers and port users to adhere strictly to safety guidelines issued by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and other governmental authorities to stop the spread of the virus.
He assured Nigerians of continuity of supplies and is unwaveringly committed to continue investment in port development in Nigeria, even as it positions itself as a recognized industry player within the African continent.