Clearing agents protest planned eviction from NPA facility

Clearing agents with office space at the Tin Can Island Port Complex (TCIPC) yesterday urged the management of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to rescind its decision to evict them from the complex.

The plea came on the heels of a peaceful protest staged on Wednesday by the agents over a quit notice given by Seaview properties Ltd., a subsidiary of NPA.

Leader of the protesting agents, Chukuemeka Shedrack, who made the plea in a statement in Lagos, said that the NPA management should not throw them out since there was no alternative provided for them.

In a letter dated Feb. 11, 2016, Seaview propertied Ltd., asked everyone to vacate his office space on or before Sept. 30, 2016.

Shedrack said that the Managing Director of NPA, Mallam Habib Abdullahi, had not granted them audience since the letter was sent to them in February.

“We are all agents but they want to displace us from here. I do not know where they want us to go.

“They have not provided any alternative for us. This was why we wrote a letter to the Managing Director so that we can hear from him because to displace all the crowd from here, where do they want us to go?

“The management of NPA has been saying they do not want people loitering around the port and now they want to displace us with no alternative.

“If they push us out of this place, where do they want us to go?

“We are not security risk here because we are doing our legitimate jobs and we have been here for more than 20 years.

“We have been here doing our normal jobs and we have never been security threats to anyone,” he said.

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