E-Call-up system is not solution to Apapa perennial traffic gridlock – Says NAGAFF Registrar, Francis Omotosho

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  • Advises FG to reclaim land for port expansion
  • Applauds MAJAN on advocacy for productive maritime sector

(Report by Udeme Clement)

The Registrar of NAGAFF Academy, Mr Francis Omotosho, has declared that the Electronic Call-up system initiated by Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), to address the perennial traffic gridlock on Apapa ports access roads is not the solution to the chaotic traffic situation.

The NAGAFF Registrar made this declaration during his presentation at the just concluded Maritime sector review, organised by Maritime Journalists Association of Nigeria (MAJAN), at Apapa, Lagos.

His explanation; “The e-call up system is not the solution to lingering traffic crisis on ports access road but just a little measure at the moment. The Federal Government needs to expand the roads and put more measures in place to tackle the traffic crisis holistically for us to achieve the desired result.

“For instance, the ports were built without Master Plan, because the ports ought to be linked with other modes of transport.

“So, government can reclaim land for ports expansion. Therefore, in reality government should expand the ports. Also, our ports should operate 24 hours like what obtains in advanced countries.”

Speaking further, he mentioned the emergence of barge operations as a child of necessity, adding that importers began moving their cargoes using the barge system due to traffic logjam on the ports roads.

Responding to issues of accidents associated with barge operations, he said that safety can be guaranteed in barge operations if the sub-sector is well regulated, infrastructure provided and the local operators well trained on safety measures at sea.

He stressed; “Government should encourage the barge sub-sector to thrive and create jobs for the citizens, especially with the rising rate of unemployment in the country.”

In the same vein, Mr Omotosho applauded MAJAN for organising the sector review, saying it was a well thought-out initiative to move the maritime industry forward.

He acknowledged the efforts of MAJAN on its consistent advocacy for a better and productive maritime industry, calling on other associations to follow the example of MAJAN in responsible reportage of the sector.

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