Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is engaging some private partners that will operate a consolidated truck management system, whereby only new trucks will have access to the seaports from next year.
Port manager, Lagos Ports Complex (LPC) Apapa, Nasir Anas Mohammed, who disclosed this during the ongoing Customer Service Week, said this arrangement will also bring about peace of mind to the shippers concerning their cargoes. “This will also erase the issue of traffic bottlenecks that usually arise due to bad and old trucks coming into the ports,” he said.
This is part of efforts to sanitise the ports, where so many rickety trucks operate and regularly break down along port access roads and within the port, causing traffic gridlock as well as damage to cargoes.
He said “We are engaging some private partners who are going to bring in brand new trucks. They will operate a consolidated truck management system whereby only these new trucks will have access to the ports.”
According to him, the Apapa Local Government is very disposed towards this consolidated truck management arrangement and are really encouraging them. He said the NPA’s safety department has been discussing with the truck drivers on the minimum safety standards of the type of trucks that should come in the ports.
He said the new trucks will become operational within the next one year.
Information from Daily Independent was used in this report.