In the bid to curtail the spread of COVID-19 most especially in the maritime domain, the Nigerian Shippers’ Council has made known its intention to collaborate with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.
As contained in a press release by the head of Public Relation of the Council, Rakiya Zubairu, starting today, the council will hand over hundreds of face masks and hand sanitizers to the leaders of seven trucking associations.
This she disclosed is significant because truckers, being essential workers, are some of the few people who are allowed to move across state lines as they deliver essential cargoes all around the country.
Recalled that NSC, through the Federal Ministry of Transportation, had made an intervention for this category of persons to be allowed free movement as they convey goods from the ports to the lengths and breaths of Nigeria and indeed beyond the borders of the country.
The Council will also be making the rounds of terminals and shipping companies on a COVID-19 sensitization campaign starting from today the 13th of May.
The release also states that NCDC has assigned one if its doctors to deliver a talk on COVID-19 at the various locations where freight forwarders and staff of these organisations will be present. While Port Health Services department of the Federal Ministry of Health will also be present at these sensitization events.
Meanwhile, Shippers’ Council, as the promoter of this sensitization campaign will give out face masks and sanitizers to all present at all the terminals and shipping companies.