Electronic call-up system will end Apapa gridlock — Bala-Usman


Hadiza Bala


The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, has given assurances to port users that the irresponsible parking of trucks on the port access roads would soon be a thing of the past.

This follows the introduction of the Electronic Truck call-up system (e-call up system) designed for the management of truck movement and access to and from the Lagos Ports Complex and the Tin Can Island Ports, Apapa.

According to a statement signed by NPA’s Assistant General Manager Corporate and Strategic Communications, Ibrahim Nasiru, this assurance was given by Bala-Usman, after leading a stakeholders’ facility assessment of the Truck Transit Park (TTP) at Lilypond, Ijora, Lagos, on Tuesday.

Bala Usman said that the tour of the facility was to ascertain the degree of preparedness of the park for the formal takeoff of the e-call up system later in the month.

She said, “The truck electronic call-up system which is being powered by a web application called eto, will put an end to the perennial logjam caused by articulated trucks within the port corridor.

“It is critical we put an end to the intractable Apapa traffic to restore sanity to cargo operations at our ports in Lagos.”

The NPA boss noted that the web application would enthrone transparency and orderliness to truck movement as scheduling was done automatically on a first-come, first-served basis.

She was also commended TTP for the renovations carried out at the Lilypond Truck Transit Park facility.

During the implementation of the new system, all trucks doing business at the ports will be required to park at the approved truck parks until they are called up into the port through the eto app.