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NPA, other shareholders donate Agura Hotel as Isolation Centre
…Suspends applicable terminal storage fees on consignments
The Nigerian Ports Authority as majority shareholders alongsideothershareholders of the Agura Hotels, Abuja, have agreed to donate the 130-bedfully furnished hotel as isolation centre for COVID-19 in Abuja.
This is a social responsibility initiative aimed at supporting efforts of the Federal Government to contain the spread of the virus in Nigeria.
NPA in a statement noted that the Authority encourages all Nigerians to follow all advisories issued by the National Centre for Disease Control and be confident that Nigeria shall overcome.
Also, NPA has directed all Terminal operators to suspend all applicable terminal storage fees on consignments (demurrage) for an initial period of twenty-one days effective March 23, 2020.
The Authority said the gesture is in recognition of the pressure that the COVID-19 pandemic imposes on businesses, the responsibility imposed on the Authority to relief this burden on its customers as well as attaining the objective of the Federal Government’s Ease of Doing Business Policy at this trying period.
NPA further noted that “The Authority recognises the financial implications of these policies on the terminal operators and will consider a shift in our operational charges to ameliorate the situation of stakeholders.