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#ENDSARS: Do Not Charge Demurrage: NAGAFF Appeals to Shipping Lines, Terminal Operators

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Pearl Ngwama



Following the ‘ENDSARS’ Nigerian Youths Protest which lasted for more than two weeks, the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) 100% Compliance Team has appealed  to shipping  Companies and Terminal Operators in  Lagos not to charge Demurrage/ Rent.


NAGAFF 100% Compliance Team made this plea in a letter signed by its National Coordinator, Alhaji Ibrahim Tanko and addressed to the Managing Director, Mearsk Nigeria Limited on the subject.


‘’It has come to our knowledge that, some Shipping Companies and Terminal Operators have already started charging storage and Demurrage for this period of ‘ENDSARS’ Nigerian Youths Protest without recourse to other considerations to security of lives and properties.


‘’ First consideration world over in any crisis period is security of lives and properties. It is most unfortunate to note that, otherwise is the case here and we want to say a BIG NO to that effect.


‘’One had expected our shipping companies and Terminal Operators to show some sense of concern, love, solidarity  and pity to the Nigerian youths and to those importers who have lost their beloved sons and daughters in the struggle to put Nigeria on the track of good governance, but Alas is their new normal.


‘’On this note, we want to state categorically clear that, ‘NAGAFF 100% Compliance Team will not fold her hands and watch our members been exploited for no fault of theirs. We will employ and invoke the spirit of Aluta Continua to resist and even oppose this wickedness by shipping companies and Terminal Operators,’’ the letter read in part.


“We will mobilise in most civil manner other associations, Truck owners, Clearing Agents and Port users in a ‘Card Carrying Protest’ against you to block your gates and entrances until our demands are met,” the letter read in part.


Tanko on behalf of NAGAFF therefore called on the shipping Companies and Terminal Operators to Refund the fees to those who have paid already with immediate effect.


‘’Take notice that, we will escalate this matter after 24hours of this notice if you fail to heed to our pleas,’’ the letter read further, adding that the Association ‘’will not forget the good working relationship we have with you, to crave for your anticipated understanding.’’

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