NPA to automate call-up system at Lagos ports by August

Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman
Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman

Nigerian Ports Authority says it is set to commence automation of the call-up system at the Lagos port in August.

General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communication of NPA, Engr. Adams Jatto, made this known while speaking with newsmen in Lagos.

He said, “We have concluded the procurement process to be able to engage our investors to manage the truck park.

“So with this, I believe we should be able to have something on ground for people to be proud of.

“Call-up system is not just the areas we are looking at for us to ease the congestion along ports access roads.

“It is a kind of temporary measure for us to ensure that we have a free flow on the axis that lead to the ports.

“The call-up system is for us to be able to have truck parks along the port area and some of the truck owners have assured us that they have truck parks, where they can park their trucks.

“A call-up system is to ensure that in each of the areas where there are truck parks, the trucks are there and when it is time for them to come to the ports, we have to adopt the call-up system to call them.

“On the basis of this, we will be able to streamline the trucks coming into the ports, to ease congestion,” Jatto said.

He said that the authority was looking forward to implementing sustainable solution to the Apapa gridlock.

He said that the agency had provided short, medium, and long-term solutions to the gridlock.

Jatto maintained that the present management of NPA had also engaged the support services of other government agencies and the private sector, which built part of the road in partnership with NPA.

He also said that NPA is working towards converting the Lillypond terminal, Ijora to a truck transit park for easy flow of traffic, along ports access road in Lagos.

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