Freight Forwarders ends 12-day strike

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The association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agent has called off the 12-day action it embarked upon at the Lagos Port Complex LPC Apapa. It confirmed this in a message it sent to the Maritime First at 3.30pm today, stating that the strike action had been called off.

“The joint freight forwarders committee, has directed that members resume work at APM Terminal immediately; as most of our demands have been accepted, with an MoU signed with us”, the chairman of the Apapa chapter of the association indicated.

It would be recalled that the clearing agents under the umbrella of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) and the National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA) with support from the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) who embarked on a strike action on Monday 3rd November 2014 at the nation’s major seaport, the Lagos Port Complex (LPC), Apapa over alleged high charges at the port have indicated that the strike was likely to end either Friday or today.

The strike action actually started wobbling by Thursday when NAGAFF Founder, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam threatened to withdraw his members from the protracted action if not called off by yesterday.

Similarly, the AMATO Chairman, Chief Remi Ogungbemi also said that his men had participated in the strike long enough and would return to work on Friday evening.

The strike action that has now ended to have led to the loss of not less than N60 billion by the federal government, the port operator and port users over a 12-day period.

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