Following the recent full reopening of the reconstructed Wharf Road, certain road haulage operators in the maritime sector are taking actions to boost the benefits of the vital link to and fro the port city of Apapa, easing the nagging Lagos ports access roads gridlock considerably.
Truckers, under the aegis of the influential amalgam, the Containerised Truck Owners, coupled by the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) and Container Truck Owners Association of Nigeria (COTOAN), informed that they are determined to provide efficacious antidote to eliminate the gridlock totally, not just to help their businesses recover from the devastation of the gridlock at its zenith, but to also check driver fatigue and other threats to the health and lives of roadusers, and residents of Apapa and other locations that had been worst hit by the traffic anomaly.
The AMATO and COTOAN initiative barred its mind in a statement after a meeting of its leadership at the weekend in Apapa, Lagos State, South-West Nigeria.
The Containerised Truck Owners’ statement signed by the duo of Chief Remi Ogungbemi and Alhaji Wasiu Oloruntoyin, on behalf of AMATO and COTOAN, respectively, stated: “In view of the serious challenges that are militating against the stability and survival of our business as containerised truck operators in ports, we have, therefore, carefully studied and identified the root causes of the challenges.’’
“However, believing that every problem has solution or expiry date, we have, therefore, resolved to hold the bull by the horn to politely, gently, peacefully, and lawfully relate with relevant authorities to achieve peaceful and enabling working environment.”
The document noted that the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), as the technical regulator of the ports, had informed operators that it has approved the manual call-up of trucks as not just a condition for trucks to access the ports, but also as a method to regulate/control movement of trucks into the ports.
“We have, therefore, resolved to imbibe and test-run the system,” the AMATO-COTOAN initiative stated.