NPA licenses 8 truck parks for electronic call-up system
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has licensed eight truck parks ahead of the Feb.27th takeoff date for its truck electronic call-up system.
Managing Director of the NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, disclosed this on Monday to newsmen in Lagos.
She said that the NPA originally advertised for 13 truck parks, but only eight bidders qualified.
It would be recalled that the NPA had earlier in January 2021 began a sensitization about its new truck electronic call-up system known as ETO, for better management of truck operations along the port corridors.
The port city and its environs have suffered perennial gridlock as a result of poor access management of trucks in and out of the ports.
However, in her discussion with the newsmen, the NPA MD expressed confidence that the new call-up system would sanitize the movement of trucks as it would ensure that only trucks that have been called up would gain access to the ports.
On that note, trucks found clogging the port access roads would be impounded by the authorities.
The MD also directed that shipping companies get truck holding bays that can take at least 65 per cent of their containers, than use the roads for container staking, a situation she said the NPA would no longer accept.