Truck owners endorse NPA’s call-up system

A lineup of trucks queuing to enter the port

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A coalition of truck owners’ operating in the maritime sector on Monday urged its members to embrace the newly introduced temporary call-up system being implemented by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in order to ease the gridlock in Apapa and its environs.

The group made the call in a joint statement signed by Chief Remi Ogungbemi for the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) and Alhaji Wasiu Oloruntoyin for Container Truck Owners Association (COTOAN) in Lagos.

“In view of the gridlock staring the faces of truckers, stakeholders in maritime industry, Apapa residents and the public at large; all our members are hereby directed to follow the newly-introduced call-up system by the NPA management.

“This initiative by the NPA is to help regulate the movement of all trucks/tankers into the ports and tank farms,” the statement read.

The group noted that the call-up system by NPA will reposition their businesses and put an end to all forms of corruption arising from the disorderly situation being experienced in Apapa. 

It also solicited the support of other corporate truck owners including Dangote, Flour Mills and BUA to embrace the call-up system.

The coalition said all representatives of truck parks should to go to the associations’ office in Apapa for further briefing on the new call-up system.   

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