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Indigenous maritime logistics firm, Sifax Group, operators of the Ports and Cargo Terminal at Tin Can Island Port, Lagos, has stated that it has scaled down its operations in its different subsidiaries.

In a statement signed by the Group Managing Director, Sifax Group, Mr Adekunle Oyinloye, on Thursday, the firm said core operations and technical personnel of the company would, however, be on the ground while the non-essential departments would either maintain a skeletal service or work from home.

The statement read in part, “For the few staff that will be at work and clients that will visit our business premises, necessary protective gears, thermometer checks, hand sanitisers, gloves and nose masks have been provided to keep them safe while the clinic at our port terminal in Tin Can Island Port, Lagos is open round the clock to attend to any emergencies.

“For any information or enquiries, kindly contact us through all our social media platforms and our email- info@sifaxgroup.com.

“We urge you all to stay safe and follow all precautions as announced by relevant health authorities.”

Meanwhile, NIMASA on Wednesday advised its staff members, who recently travelled to countries with high incidences of COVID-19 to self-isolate for 14 days and inform the agency’s Search and Rescue Base Clinic for close monitoring.

The statement signed by the Head, Corporate Communications of the agency, Isichei Osamgbi, directed staff members on grade levels 12 and below to work from home in line with the Federal Government’s directive.

It stated, “Following Federal Government’s directives in a memo issued from the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, which stated that all non-essential public servants on Grade Level 12 and below should stay and work from home, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, today, asked staff of the agency within the category to comply with the directive as a measure to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

“In furtherance to procedures in the prevention of spread of the deadly coronavirus among staff and external stakeholders of the agency, the executive management, led by the Director-General, Dr Bashir Jamoh, further directed all heads of departments, units and zonal coordinators, to identify some essential staff who will be on duty in their locations on a rotational basis for the next couple of weeks in order not to totally halt the operations of the agency until the situation improves.

“Furthermore, all visits to the agency are restricted to Tuesdays and Thursdays between 12 and 2 pm only, for visitors of assistant directors and above.”

NIMASA added, “Shipping companies and agents as well as other critical stakeholders who transact with operational departments and units of the agency, are, however, exempted from this condition.”

The agency equally advised all staff and citizens to familiarise themselves with the precautionary measures on COVID-19.

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