The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has announced the commencement of Eto, an electronic call-up system for trucks operating in the ports, in order to serve a permanent solution to the perennial gridlock within the port city of Apapa.
In a statement signed by Mr. Nasiru Ibrahim, Assist. General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, the NPA said: “… the electronic truck call-up system is designed for the management of truck movement and access to and from the Lagos Port Complex and the Tin Can Island Ports in Apapa, Lagos.”
Ahead of the Feb. 27, 2021 deadline when the system takes effect fully, all transporters, truck owners and truck drivers are required to download the Eto App from Google Play Store or sign up at http://eto.ttp.com.ng, to enable them register accordingly.
When fully operational, all trucks doing business at the ports will be required to park at the approved parks until they are called into the port through the Eto app.
Concerned operators should also note that the Eto application will be responsible for the scheduling, entry and exit of all trucks into the ports with effect from the Feb. 27, 2021 date.
In this new system, according to the NPA, cargo owners can only return empty containers to the ports through the approved holding bays of the shipping companies using the Eto Platform.
The NPA emphasizes that “It is the responsibility of the shipping company to move empty containers from their holding bay to the port. All cargo owners have to drop their empty containers at the holding bay of the shipping company. The shipping company will then make the necessary bookings on the Eto platform to return empty containers to the port.”
The management of the NPA, therefore, solicits the cooperation of transporters, truck drivers, cargo owners, clearing agents, shipping companies and all port users in the implementation of the project, which will bring order and sanity to the ports access roads.
The NPA, however, warns that: “Non-compliance to the use of Eto and its guidelines will result in denial of access into the Ports, impounding of trucks and withdrawal of registration/operating license.”