Gridlock Resumes As Agents, Truckers Suspend Strike

Barely two hours after freight forwarders, clearing agents and truck owners called off their 3-day old strike, containers struggling to exit the ports have locked down all access into the port and exiting the port.

Shipping Position Daily correspondent who was at the port yesterday to monitor activities reported that there was total traffic lock down on the already deteriorated access road as cargoes hitherto trapped inside the ports struggled to get out.

Earlier on Wednesday, members of the ANLCA-NAGAFF INITIATIVE (ANI) and the Maritime Transport Owners suspended the three-day withdrawal of service embarked upon to protest some anomalies in the ports and dilapidated road infrastructure around the ports in the country.   

In a press statement sent to our correspondent, the stakeholders issued a fresh 21 days ultimatum to the government to look into all their demands.

They noted that the decision to suspend the action was reached at the meeting of representatives of the bodies at the NAGAFF Headquarters in Apapa Lagos.

The statement signed by representatives of the Associations said the suspension was in deference to pleas by the government and other well-meaning Nigerians, to allow government address all the issues which necessitated the withdrawal of service.

The associations agreed that the economy should not be unduly further distressed.       

The Associations used the occasion to commend the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC); Mr Hassan Bello and the Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority; Hadiza Bala Usman  for their efforts at repositioning the total logistics supply chain.    

They however gave the government another 21-day ultimatum to rectify all the issues in contention so as to avert further another round of withdrawal of service. The Associations commended their members for their support during the exercise and urged them to remain calm as they have been, promising to always protect their interests.