NPA to prosecute commercial drivers operating at the ports

General Manager, Western Ports of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Miss Adenike Sonaike, has warned that NPA will henceforth prosecute any unathorised commercial drivers arrested within the ports.

Sonaike said in Lagos that the NPA will invoke the laws on erring motorists against the current persuasion to transporters to desist from operating within the ports.

“We have warned commercial motorcyclists and tricycle operators to stop plying the routes. We have seized several okadas and handed them over to the security men. We have warned that trucks that are not hired, but expecting to be called, should not park along the ports roads. We will no longer tolerate such acts of indiscipline. Anybody caught henceforth will be prosecuted,” she said.

Sonaike said the operation of commercial motorcycles, trucks and tricycles around the ports access roads contravened international best practices, stressing that “allowing them to operate negates the standard of the International Ships and Ports Security (ISPS) Code and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

She also said that traders, who displayed their wares along the port access roads, were major threats to port users. She warned that the port was a restricted area opened only to those who have business inside the port.

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