NPA to impound trucks parked on port access roads





The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Friday said it would impound trucks parked indiscriminately on the port access roads.
Mr Anas Nasir, the Port Manager, Apapa Port, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency Of Nigeria(NAN) in Lagos, said the ports authority would start towing such vehicles in the next one month.
He said the decision was necessitated by the unruly conduct of some truck drivers who had unjustly turned the roads to parks.

``The NPA management has provided the ports with towing vans and we are going to start fully deploying them.
``We are partnering with other agencies that have similar responsibility like LASTMA, Police, to make sure that this comes into force within the next one month.”
According to Nasir, the NPA has also held talks with shipping companies to ensure that they take responsibility for the return of containers from the holding bays to the terminals.
He said the essence was to ensure complete efficiency in service delivery for cargoes to move in and out of the port with ease.
Nasir said the port management had also discussed with the truck owners to keep to the rules of not parking indiscriminately on the roads.
He said that at the commencement of the enforcement exercise, the NPA would not listen to excuses under any guise.
``We are trying to make the port more efficient by ensuring that cargo moves in and out much more speedily.
``Part of the major challenge we are have in Apapa is the issue of container trucks blocking the roads and creating challenges for everybody.
``So,  we have continued to engage the stakeholders; that henceforth we are not  going to tolerate where drivers  come and park on the road  indiscriminately or anyhow  under  whatever guise and leave their containers to create challenges for other road users,’’ the port manager said.
Nasir advised the truck drivers to be serious with efforts being made by the NPA to make the port a friendlier place for the benefit of all port users.