RE:SEVEN (7) DAYS ULTIMATUM GIVEN TO THE COUNTRY MANAGER OF THE APMTERMINAL TO TENDER PUBLIC APOLOGY TO THE NIGERIA FREIGHT FORWADERS –

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 NAGAFF NEC RESOLUTION TO SET UP A TECHNICAL SYSTEM AUDIT/STUDY COMMITTEE TO REEVALUATE THE OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCES OF THE APMTERMINAL IN NIGERIA AND MAKE COMPARATIVE STUDIES OF THE APMTERMINAL OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCES IN OTHER PORTS OF THE WORLD ( AFRICA, EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST, ASIA, ETC).

Gentlemen and Ladies of the Press, you recall that earlier in the week the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders – NAGAFF gave a seven (7) days ultimatum to the Country Manager of the APMTERMINAL, who in a widely reported news piece falsely accused the Freight Forwarders of being responsible for the present port Congestion in its Terminal.

This false accusations has in no small measures indicted and subjected the Professional integrity of Nigeria Freight Forwarders to questions and doubts, before the comity of global freight forwarders, especially the global regulator, FIATA.

Arising from our emergency NEC Session held on the 17th July 2020, NEC resolved ahead of the expiration of the 7 days ultimatum to commenced a process of making meaning its earlier position, by undertaking  as caption above.

As part of the Terms of Reference – TOR issued to the Technical audit/ study Committee reads in part: ” To narrow operational studies and draw comparison from other countries ports where the APMTERMINAL operates as a concessionaire,  focusing and drawing analysis in the key following areas:

a)    Equipment’s Acquisition and Availability.

b)   Number Of dedicated Cargo Handling Equipment per various aspects of Terminal Operations.

c)    Performance indicators in relation to Cargo move per hour per truck per crane from Ship to Terminal – Berth Production.

d)   Dwell Time of Cargo in the Terminal.

e)    Ship Turn Around and Dwell Time at Berth.

f)     Services Charges (itemizing functions to such applicable charges).

g)   Revisit the term progressive storage Charges, and differentiate between Delivery Charges and Terminal Handling Charges. 

h)   Revisit the condition and conspiracy in relation to transferring Containers to Offdock Terminal other than NAMED PORT OF DISCHARGE.

i)     Consider the application of International best practices in Cargo handling operations and Friendly Customer Relationship.

Furthermore, the Committee is to further its studies and bring to fore other findings as it relates to terminal operations and services. And make appropriate recommendation to the NEC.

Committee is to turn in its report in two weeks.

Members of the Committee are:

a)    Dr. Arthur Igwilo – Chairman

b)   Rev. Emmanuel Agubanze – Secretary

c)    Fwdr Francis Omotosho – IT & Logistics

d)   Barrister Henry Olarotimi – Legal

e)    Alhaji Aboki Mustapha – Member

f)     Chukwuma Okafor – Member

Gentlemen and ladies of the Press, you will agree with us that in Public Policy Advocacy we have never left any stone unturned to buttress our agitation for fairness.

We therefore, implore your understanding as we engage in this journey of enthroning Professionalism in our port.

Thanks.

FWDR STANLEY EZENGA, Rff

National Public Relation Officer – NAGAFF

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