Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaech

*** Calls For Urgent Solution to Port Road Congestion

By Maritime Security News

There appears to be an end in sight to the perennial congestion and blocking of port access roads in Lagos by trailers and containarized trucks.

This is as the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi is planning to meet with all relevant agencies by Jan. 19 for an urgent and lasting solution to the lingering congestion at the port.

The Transport Minister made this known today, Friday during an inspection tour of the Tin Can Island alongside the Managing Director of Nigerian Port Authority, Hadiza Usman and Executive Secretary of Nigeria Shippers Council, Barr. Hassan Bello.

Amaechi reiterated the need for an urgent solution to curb trucks blocking access roads to the ports towards achieving the clearing of goods on time with less human contact.

Contributing, the NPA boss said that by January 2021 an electronic clearing system for cargoes would be introduced that would resolve the issue gridlock at the Port.

According to her, the agency is working with Lagos State government to create truck parks at designated areas.

She said that the Lagos State government plans to give a designated truck park at Orile where trucks will park until their cargo is cleared electronically before they can proceed into the port.

“We are planning to deploy an E-call-up system in January 2021. We will provide an electronic call-up system within the Ports and designation truck parks. No more trucks parking randomly on the road, we are going to have a designated trucks park; when you are called upon you can enter the Port.

“The electronic call-up system will be across all platforms on phones. You can monitor when the consignment arrives and when you have been assigned to pickup your cargo. The E-call up will also remove human intervention and eliminate corrupt practices.”

She said that the only thing that would be needed for clearing is the barcode that would be scanned at the entrance of the port to enable them enter the port.

On his part, Mr. Hassan Bello said that the council have been trying it’s best to proffer temporary solution to the gridlock at the Port.

He pointed out that with the festive period a lot of goods is expected to be imported into the country which calls for urgent actions.

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