Eto: TTP Official Lists Challenges At Tin-Can Axis

From left: Mr Bolaji Akerele, Head of corporate development, Toni Anne Uwaifo, Corporate Communications Manager, Mr Temidayo Adeboye, Chief Operating Officer, TTP

By Chiazo Ogbolu

Truck Transit Parks Ltd., owners of Eto, the electronic call-up system for trucks, on Thursday identified factors hindering smooth operation of the system.

Mr Temidayo Adeboye, Chief Operating Officer, TTP, told newsmen in Lagos that road construction and the entry points to the port were among the factors.

Adeboye said that heavy concentration of oil and gas tank farms that are not onboard Eto platform add to the high volume of traffic witnessed daily by motorists on the Mile 2- Tin-Can Island Port axis.

He said that the Trucks Transit Parks was perfecting plans to bring major and independent oil marketers onboard Eto App to further drive down the gridlock in Apapa.

The official said that the Nigerian Ports Authority had met with Federal and Lagos state governments to ask the contractors involved in the construction to make palliatives on the road to help reduce the problem in that axis.

He said that at the Apapa axis, there were up to five entry points while that of Tincan had three, namely Abuja, first gate and second gate.

Adeboye said the aim of the journey into the project was to maintain sanity and solve the problem caused by indiscriminate parking of trucks and tankers on the road.

“We went into looking for possible way to house all these trucks and make it easy for people to pass, and so the need to get parks.
“In trying to address the traffic, we found out that NPA had 50 per cent of the traffic; oil and gas, 30; fast moving consumer goods and others 20 per cent coupled with the extortion going on at the port corridor,” he said.

He noted that extortion happened because everybody was using their power and  influence to try and get into the port, thereby breaking all rules by parking by the road side.

Adeboye refuted the claim of people saying that the Eto app had been hacked, assuring  that the app had very good security features.
“The only thing that had happened was people taking the ticket in the past to business centres to go and photocopy, edit and use.

“But we have gone around these things, even the edited tickets can no longer work; it worked before because of human interface, so with the technology deployed, it has cleared everything,” he said
He appealed to all stakeholders to stop being in a hurry but be orderly and follow the process so that things would move smoothly.

“Today, trucks must enter the transit parks to be able to access the port and we are using timing belt to batch and schedule different categories of trucks.
“This is partly the reason why trucks that pay their way to the port do not have access because the access barriers will not open for them,” he said.
Mr Bolaji Akerele, Head of Corporate Development, alluded to the fact that efficiency of Eto App had reduced the cost at which trucks enter into the port down to between N15, 000 and N25, 000, from between N100, 000 and N150, 000.

He said resistance to change was one of reasons some truckers were finding it difficult to abide by the rules and procedure of moving into the port under Eto platform.

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