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Strike: NPA assures of free access to ports

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Tuesday evening assured people who have legitimate businesses to transact at the port to feel free to come into the port to do their business.

Mr Anas Nasir, in an interview, said that the management of the Lagos Port Complex, rising from a stakeholders’ meeting, had cleared the blockade mounted by some clearing agents at the port.

The agents had embarked on blocking the way to the port after about 10 days that clearing agents shut the port over alleged high charges by terminal operators.

According to Nasir, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and other relevant security operatives are on hand to provide adequate security to those who are willing to transact business at the port.

“The port is now open and people are can come in to transact their business.

 ” We assure the legitimate port users of their safety and security with the relevant security agents on ground to ensure law and order.

“Trucks are free to come into the port, load and exit without entertaining any fear,” Nasir said.

He said that the NPA was also aware of the misunderstanding between the agents and the APM Terminals, but that talks were still ongoing to ensure a resolution of the issues concerned.

 Earlier, Comptroller Charles Edike, Controller of the Apapa Area Command, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) disclosed that the strike action which had entered its second week, was capable of negatively impacting the command’s monthly revenue.

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