E-Call-up system: NPA insists on February 27 deadline
* Says defaulters to face severe sanctions
(Report by Udeme Clement):
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has concluded plans for the Electronic Truck Call-up system to kick-off by February 27, 2021, as earlier announced.
The Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, disclosed this in a virtual meeting, insisted that the February 27 deadline remains unchanged.
According to her, the Truck Call-up system is introduced by NPA as one of the measures to tackle traffic gridlock on Apapa ports access roads.
NPA Boss stressed that the seaport is a gateway to the nation’s economy, as such, the Authority is working assiduously to curb the menace of truck drivers on Apapa roads.
Usman disclosed that eight truck parks had been approved as parking lots for truckers doing business in Lagos ports, in order to address the chaotic traffic situation on ports access roads.
She emphasised, “With this proactive approach adopted by NPA through E-Call-up system,
the embarrassment caused by gridlock on port access roads will soon be over”.
The NPA MD, called on truckers to ensure full compliance with the E-Call-up arrangement, warning that defaulters will face severe sanctions.
Her words :
“From thatl date, trucks found on Apapa port access roads, which are not duly approved to ply the roads must be impounded.”
In the same vein, she informed that the Authority will adopt stricter licensing procedure for barge operations in the nation’s waters.
She said such licensing procedure becomes imperative to
stem abuses, which the port Industry has been subjected to by stakeholders, even as she mentioned that
barge operation ought to reduce traffic on ports roads.
That was not all.
Speaking further, Usman
said NPA as a regulatory Agency of the Federal Government will not take it lightly with shipping companies failing to provide holding bays for their empty containers, at least 65 percent of their annual take.
She pointed out; “importers, as well as their agents will be qualified for refund of container deposits whenever empty boxes find their way to such holding bays.”
She expressed optimism on improved shipping in the country with expected delivery on approved deep seaports at Lekki, Onne and