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NPA moves to stop rickety trucks from port operations

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has
constituted a surveillance team to ensure that trucks operating in the Lagos ports
comply with the minimum safety standards. 

 The surveillance team constituted by personnel
of the Safety Department, Western Ports of the NPA is to renew efforts at ridding
the ports of substandard trucks.
In a statement in Lagos, the General
Manager, Public Affairs of the NPA, Capt. Iheanacho Ebubeogwu said members of
the team were drawn from the Western Ports Headquarters, Lagos Ports Complex (LPC)
and Tin Can Island Port Complex (TCIPC).
He said the team was now involved in
the physical inspection of trucks; to ensure that only trucks that complied with
stipulated safety standards gained access into the ports within the Lagos area.
Leader of the team, Engr. David Adeola
said the work of the team had started yielding positive results as a number of
trucks were daily prevented from entering the LPC due to their poor road
worthiness.
According to the statement, Adeola was
optimistic cases of frequent accidents involving trucks within and outside the
ports would be curtailed if the truck operators complied with the minimum standards
of truck road worthiness.
He said the minimum standard of truck road
worthiness for admittance into the port stipulates specifications expected of a
truck to include the truck head, body, braking system, engine, battery, trafficators,
warning devices, twist locks and other fittings.
Chairman, Association of Maritime
Transport Owners (AMATO) Chief Remi Ogungbemi said his association was in full
support of the surveillance duties of the NPA to ensure the safety of other
road users in and outside the Port.
Ogungbemi said the enforcement of the
safety standard was necessary for all trucks operating in the ports nationwide.
He disclosed that his a association
was already educating its members on the benefits of acquiring and havingstandard
trucks for their operations.
The Assistant General Manager, Security
(Western Ports) Mr Sam Asamaige said some truck owners were already complying
with the required standards for trucks to operate in the ports.

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