Association demands reversion of Lilypond Container Terminal to truck terminal

The Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) has demanded the reversal of the Lilypond Container Terminal, Lagos, to a truck terminal.

The National Chairman of the association, Chief Remi Ogungbemi, made the demand in an interview in Lagos.
He said the Lilypond Terminal was originally developed to address the issue of trucks parking on the roads and inconveniencing other road users.
Ogungbemi expressed displeasure that the terminal was eventually turned into a container terminal and deprived truck owners the use of the place which was originally meant for them.
``We are saying that they should allow the status quo to remain.
``Originally, the Lilypond was constructed to serve as truck terminal not as container terminal.
``The government in power then; what we experience now within the port environment, then, it was late 60s to early 70s; we experienced such during that time, that is, during General Gowon’s Regime (Retired).
``Then, trucks will queue right from Apongbon, Lagos Island up to Moshalasi, Idi-Oro.
``So, in their own wisdom, they now say that well, let them look for a solution. That is why they went to construct Lilypond to serve as truck terminal but today, the place is being used as container terminal, no longer as truck terminal.
``So, if they can allow the status quo, it will help in a very big way to reduce the problem associated with trucking operation within the port environment, ” he said.
Ogungbemi urged the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to consider the situation under which the truck owners operated and take a befitting decision.
According to him, truck operations play a crucial role in effective port service delivery and so should be given the attention it deserves.
Commenting on the issue, Mr Musa Iliya, an Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs of NPA, said the association should address the issue by writing to the NPA management.
``They should state their request in a letter to the NPA management to look at,’’ Iliya said.
He said NPA was always there to put measures in place for effective port system in the country.