I managed to fix this. The only way to resolve this is by running each new docker image (each time bump the version), and then from NCP admin do the NC upgrade (it will go from 23.x to 24.x).
I was on v1.48.3, did a backup (IMP: Dont forget to do a backup) and did this:
from NCP admin update the NC to the latest (it will be 23.x something). Then re-ran the container with image version:1.49.1, again from NCP admin update to latest NC (it will become 24.x). Again re-run the container but with image version:latest and its