Nigerian Shippers’ Council meets haulers
*As truckers slash charges by 30%
By Udeme Clement:
The management of Nigerian Shippers’ Council met with haulers to discuss adherence to health and safety guidelines during this period of COVID-19 pandemic.
The Council observed that truckers were
not taking specfied precautions as issued by health authorities. They were reminded of their potential to
spread the virus in the course of their travels across Nigeria.
Another important issue discussed with the haulers was moderation/standardisation of haulage rates.
NSC management said the meeting was convened to discuss these twin issues.
In the course of the one-hour meeting, the haulers brought to the attention of the Council the various
problems confronting them. These problems range from extortion, laxity on the part of freightforwarders
to the current all-present fear of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was agreed at the meeting that truckers
haulage rates be reviewed downwards by 30 percent during the lockdown period.
The haulers agreed with the Council that the light road traffic
makes their work easier.
The management of the Council assured them that it would look into all their concerns with a view to finding lasting solutions for the benefit of all stakeholders.