The Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has ordered the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to punish truckers who fail to comply with the electronic all-up system for trucks coming into the ports. Truck Drivers
NPA had said it will enforce the call up system starting on February 27. This is in order to curb the traffic congestion at the ports access roads.
The Minister gave this charge during the inspection of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line project. The inspection took him to at the rail end of the Apapa port spur line. Truck Drivers
He added that President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a directive that only a certain tonnage of cargo should be allowed on roads, noting that the directive will be complied with.
He however said the directive has not been implemented as there are no viable alternatives to roads earlier.
The Minister also took a train ride on the completed southward 8.72 kilometre Apapa Port Spur Line. It is the Lagos-Ibadan rail line termination. There, he frowned at the numerous trucks parked on the rail tracks. Truck Drivers
Amaechi then directed NPA to ensure that the trucks are moved out, adding that only registered trucks moving goods imported or to be exported be allowed into the ports. Truck Drivers
Amaechi therefore directed the Management NPA to ensure that the trucks are moved out, adding that only registered trucks conveying goods imported or to be exported will be allowed into the ports. He was accompanied on the inspection exercise by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, the Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, Engr. Freeborn Fidet Okhiria, the Board Chairman, NRC, Alhaji Ibrahim Alhassan and management staff of the Ministry.