NAGAFF urges NPA, NSC to sanction operators defaulting Executive Order of FG
By Udeme Clement :
The Founder, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF, Dr Boniface Aniebonam, has called on Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, and Nigerian Shippers’ Council, NSC, to change their approach in implementing Executive Order of government in the Port industry, by sanctioning operators not complying with the directives.
He said this in a statement made available to reporters.
His words, “It is in the public that NIGERIA is at a borderless war of COVID-19 pandemic The Customs ports in this regard have been declared a state of emergency, to stem the tide of CORONAVIRUS scourge.
“Under this circumstance, the Managing Director of NPA and Executive Secretary of NSC, are hereby encouraged to be DECISIVE in sanctioning persons, groups or organisations
not complying with the emergency rules in the system.”
He pointed out, “In this regard, the essence of Executive Powers of Mr PRESIDENT under section- 5 of the constitution may be applied.
In other words, the MD of NPA and NSC boss can contact Inspector General of Pollice, to arrest operators who fail to comply with the directives in the ports.
“All defaulters should be visited with criminal content, other than civil matters. It is unheard of that lawful orders of the Federal Government are allegedly in breach with impunity by most shipping companies and TERMINAL operators on matters of demurrage, waiver under the emergency situation of our ports operations.”
He warned, “We therefore advise that FREIGHT FORWARDING practioners spoiling for breach of peace in the ports because of non-compliance nature of TERMINAL operators and shipping companies should exercise restraint.
“It is not your fight but that of NPA and NSC. It is sad and regrettable that most of the service providers in our ports administration and management have become an Island on to themselves in a sovereign state of NIGERIA our DREAM country.
“We therefore call on Hon Rotimi Amechi and his officers Hadiza, Bello to take responsibility, to arrest the heads of various shipping companies and TERMINAL operators found in breach of lawful directives of Mr PRESIDENT. Indeed, we are not in a banana republic where RULE of law does not exist. Once again, the President of NAGAFF shall be held accountable, if any member of NAGAFF is found to be part of any DISORDER in the ports, at this moment of COVID-19 pandemic.
“The coming week calls for more action to observe sanitary conditions, social distancing , washing of hands and use of hand sanitizers. We care for the life and properties of FREIGHT FORWARDING practioners primarily. We also advise that every FREIGHT FORWARDING practioner must be familiar with all instructions from the COUNCIL for the regulation of FREIGHT FORWARDING in NIGERIA, with the mandate to regulate and control FREIGHT FORWARDING profession in NIGERIA.
“The use of ON- DUTY CARD issued by the Council can not be OVEREMPHASISED for proper identification before security agencies of GOVERNMENT.
“We, again advise that you seat at home, if you do not have anything to do at the ports for safety reasons”.