By Kenneth Jukpor
In a bid to sensitize the Nigerian populace in maritime communities on the COVID-19 pandemic, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) is collaborating with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), to contain the spread of coronavirus.
According to the Council’s Head of Public Relations, Mrs. Rakiya Zubairu, NSC begins the sharing of hundreds of face masks and hand sanitizers to the leaders of seven trucking associations.
“This is particularly 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,” the NSC spokesperson said.
Recall 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.
Also, starting today, NSC will be making the rounds of terminals and shipping companies on a COVID-19 sensitization campaign.
The 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.
The Port Health Services department of the Federal Ministry of Health will also be present at these sensitization events.
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.