With the Lagos ports access roads gridlock easing off considerably, following the execution of reconstruction works particularly on Wharf Road, truckers are waging a fiery campaign to check the antics of corrupt officials who extort them heavily to grant their vehicles access into the ports to conduct their legitimate businesses.
The truckers, who are pursuing the cause under the aegis of Containerised Truck Owners, are also campaigning vigoroysly against the continued parking of trucks on roads and bridges, a practice that gained currency during the worst period of the gridlock and had continued thereafter.
“Truckers should stop paying for passing of their trucks into the ports; doing so is an act of foolishness,” the duo of Chief Remi Ogungbemi and Alhaji Wasiu Oloruntotoyin, respectively, representing the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) and the Container Truck Owners Association of Nigeria (COTOAN), informed MARITIME MATTERS today.
The body Containerised Truck Owners is an amalgam of AMATO and COTOAN.
Recalling the position of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on the matter of the manual call-up of trucks being a condition to regulate and control movement of all trucks coming into the ports, and a precursor to electronic system, the truckers’ leadership stated: “Therefore, all trucks should go to their garages and wait until they collect call-up papers to enter the ports. Don’t park on roads/bridges again.”