.. Suspends demurrage
The Nigerian Ports Authority as majority shareholders alongside other shareholders of the Agura Hotels, Abuja, have agreed to donate the 130-bed fully furnished hotel as isolation centre for COVID-19 in Abuja.
In a statement made available to daily champion, the , General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Nigerian Ports Authority ,Jatto A Adams said ‘this is a social responsibility initiative aimed at supporting efforts of the Federal Government to contain the spread of the virus in Nigeria.
He said that the Authority encourages all Nigerians to follow all advisories issued by the National Centre for Disease Control and be confident that Nigeria shall overcome.
However, the Nigerian Ports Authority has directed all Terminal operators to suspend all applicable terminal storage fees on consignments (demurrage) for an initial period of twenty-one days effective March 23, 2020.
This gesture is in recognition of the pressure that the COVID-19 pandemic imposes on businesses, the responsibility imposed on the Authority to relief this burden on its customers as well as attaining the objective of the Federal Government’s Ease of Doing Business Policy at this trying period.
The Authority recognises the financial implications of these policies on the terminal operators and will consider a shift in our operational charges to ameliorate the situation of stakeholders.
The NPA thanks all stakeholders for their cooperation.
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