COVID-19: Keep seaports open, terminal operators urge government

The Chairman, Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria, Vicky Haastrup, has emphasised the need for the nation’s seaports to remain open at all times while the federal and state governments battle to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The STOAN chairman on Monday said, “As we face the global public health crisis birthed by the coronavirus disease, otherwise known as COVID-19, we advise government to ensure that the supply chain is not disrupted and the seaports keep running.

“Even if other sectors of the economy are shut down to guard against the spread of the virus, the seaports should remain open to ensure that there is no shortage of food, drugs and other essential supply to Nigerians.

“It is imperative that for the fight against COVID-19, the supply of essentials, as well as for increasing the chance of the economic recovery on the other side of the outbreak, maritime and connected transport are allowed to continue.

“The continued functionality of the ports and the port ecosystems is imperative for securing movement of goods at scale, for prevention of shortages and thus for maintenance of public order.”

 

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