Apapa Gridlock: Transporters Embark on Protest, Say e-call is a Fraud

Apapa Gridlock: Transporters Embark on Protest, Say e-call is a Fraud

- The e-call recently introduced by the FG to facilitate cargo clearance has continued to generate controversy among truck owners at Apapa

- Sylvester Keshiro, the coordinator of the transportation group in Apapa Tin Can, said the e-call is fraudulent

- According to him, the presence of security agencies in the axis posed a serious menace to the operators

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The trucker owners under the auspices of Tin Can Island Transporter Operators have said that the electronic call-up system has failed to address the gridlock.

The Punch reports that the truckers alleged the process was fraudulent as they started a three-day protest on Tuesday, March 23.

Legit.ng gathered that the protest was to draw the attention of the federal and state government to the anomalies affecting the electronic call system recently introduced by the Nigerian Ports Authority.

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Apapa gridlock: Transporters embark on protest, say e-call is a fraud
The Managing Director of the NPA, Hadiza Bala-Usman, said the electronic call-up system introduced to facilitate cargo clearance has not been hacked. Credit: @hadizabalausman
Source: Twitter

According to the report, the truck owners also threatened to withdraw their services from the nation’s seaport if the concerned authorities failed to yield to their demands.

The coordinator of the transportation group, Sylvester Keshiro, who addressed the crowd at Tin Can Island Port second gate on Tuesday, March 23, said the presence of security agencies along the Mile 2-Sunrise corridor posed a serious menace to the operators.

Keshiro, who is also a chieftain of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, said the various holding bays designated for trucks were allegedly extorting truck owners with unimaginable and arbitrary charges.

Vanguard also reports that some suspected hoodlums attacked the Lagos Traffic Management and Enforcement Team, in Apapa, over the implementation of the newly introduced electronic call-up system in port operations.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the presidency on Tuesday, March 2, gave great news to pedestrians and motorists who make use of the road close to Apapa port in Lagos state.

It was reported that one of President Muhammadu Buhari's media aides, Lauretta Onochie, announced that the gridlock that has bedevilled the road has finally disappeared.

On her Twitter page on Tuesday, the presidential media aide shared an aerial view of the road's new look.

Onochie used the development to inspire hope in Nigeria by saying that nothing is impossible to achieve if there is a will to go for it.

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