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We’v found solution to Apapa gridlock, says NPA

Hadiza Bala Usman, MD, NPA

….Designates 17 trucks parks

Chidi Ogbuokiri

Two weeks after the introduction of the electronic truck call-app (ETO), the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said the operations have justified the conviction of the Authority that it has finally found the solution to the problem of truck congestion in the access roads into the Lagos Port Complex and the Tin Can Island Ports

The Authority in a statement Friday by the Assistant General Manager Corporate and Strategic Communications, Ibrahim Nasiru said: “Although, we have experienced teething problems as would be expected of innovations like this, the Authority is pleased that these issues are being tackled as they arise, and that steady progress is being made in the process.”

Nasiru said as part of efforts to deepen the impact of Eto and make the movement of trucks more seamless, the Authority, after consultations with stakeholders has categorises 17 trucks parks as batching points for all trucks doing business at the port.

Among the trucks parks listed are; Foru Truck Terminal, Sodik Garage, Anet Construction and Development Concept, Nigerian Army Properties Truck Park, Bomarah Investement Ltd, Spezial Bay Limited and Lilypond Extension.

Others are; JOF (Nig) Limited, Hog–Amazon Ltd, MPS Global Services, Arewa Truck Park, HST Truck Park, Nigerian Breweries Truck Yard, Starlink Global & Ideal Limited, Lagferry Terminal, GMT Terminal andmStandard Flour Mills.

Nasiru said transporters and truck owners who do not use the approved truck parks based on the categorisation detailed above, would be unable to access the ports.

He said while the Authority is working with Nigerian Export Promotion Council to arrive at a more conducive environment for the operation of export cargo owners, all truckers in this category must ensure they complete all documentation required by the Nigerian Customs Service, Terminal Operators and Shipping Lines before approaching the ports, adding that failure to complete the documentation will be met with denial of access into the ports.

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