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Nigerian Ports Authority commences enforcement of minimum standards for trucks operating at ports

A fallen truck inside Apapa port
The Nigerian Ports Authority has flagged off enforcement
of registration and implementation of minimum standard for all trucks doing
business in the nation’s ports.

The General Manager, Western Port, High Chief Michael
Ajayi during the event held in Apapa on Thursday, explained that the objective apart from
ensuring that standard trucks operate in the ports was to afford the NPA the
opportunity of data collection for traffic/infrastructure planning purpose.
Among other objectives would be to facilitate
identification of every truck through the data base so as to check sharp
practices, like theft and diversion of cargo belonging to importers; serve as a
security measure to prevent any threat or security breach to the port in
compliance with the ISPS code.
The Authority collects N10,000 as administrative fee
for truck registration.
Ajayi said NPA was determined to ensure enforcement of
the minimum standard of trucks following the constant threat posed to public
safety by rickety trucks.
About 2,000 trucks, including those belonging to
terminal operators, Dangote Group, Flour Mills and ENL have keyed into the
The trucks are certified by NPA Safety Officers who are working in conjunction
with Lagos State Safety Vehicles Traffic Division.
The Managing Director of NPA, Alhaji Habid
Abdullahi  and other top officials of the NPA were in attendance at the

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