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Group applauds release of ‘trapped’ WHO medical consignment for IDPs

The Arewa
Maritime Practitioners Association of Nigeria (AMPA) has commended the release
from the Lagos port of five reefer containers bearing medications meant for
internally-displaced persons (IDPs) in Northern Nigeria.

Alhaji Suleiman Zailani, the
Secretary-General of AMPA, made the disclosure in an interview with the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos.
He said the refrigerated
consignment — four 40ft equivalent units (FEUs) and one 20ft equivalent units
(TEUs) — bearing the World Health Organisation (WHO) as consignee arrived at
the PTML terminal since February.
He, however, said AMPA was
grateful to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara,
Grimaldi Group, Nigerian Shippers’ Council and the Nigeria Customs Service for
facilitating the release of the consignment.
“AMPA has been very concerned
about the delay in getting those five containers released from the port.
“Now that they have been released
and handed over to the internally displaced persons, AMPA truly appreciates the
state manly role of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu
“The Speaker through Mr Mohammed
Garba Gololo helped to resolve the matter to its logical conclusion and to the
satisfaction of all parties concerned.
“It is truly heart-warming that
Grimaldi Group exhibited quite exemplary Corporate Social Responsibility by
writing off the huge accumulated demurrage. Grimaldi Group has demonstrated a
very humane side of doing business.
“The Speaker and the Nigeria
Customs Service, as well as the Shippers’’ Council, no less are heroes in the
matured manner they have handled the matter.
“They deserve the commendation
because of this critical consignment for the innocent victims of the Boko Haram
insurgents in the Northern Nigeria,’’ he said.
Zailani said the delay in clearing
the consignment was caused by system challenges and resulted in accumulated
demurrage which the terminal operator insisted should be paid until the
intervention by the organisations.
He said AMPA followed the matter
of the WHO-sponsored consignment with the hope that availability of the
medications would help to alleviate the sufferings of the IDPs

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