NPA wants Lagos, Ogun to provide trailer parks to ease port city gridlock

Hadiza Bala Usman, Managing Director of NPA

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has requested the governments of Lagos and Ogun states to provide trailer parks that the Authority would license for operations to ease the gridlock causing difficulties for movement of cargoes in and out of the ports.

Managing Director of the NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman made this known on Friday while briefing newsmen on the forth-coming International Association of Ports and Harbours’s Africa Regional Conference on ports and hinterland connectivity.  
The managing director said that she turned her request for trailer parks to the governments of the states because they have the ownership of land and would easily address the need.
She noted that although the NPA had advertised its willingness to license trailer parks when such owners come forward, there had not been any corresponding result to that effect.
“We have advertised seeking for people with trailer parks so that we can license. We received about four expressions of interest, but they didn’t show ownership of any trailer park.

“I have met with Lagos State and written to the governor that we want to license trailer park.

“I have also written to Ogun State governor and I am to meet with him too, to license trailer park even in Ogun, because the state government is the custodial of land.

“NPA does not have land and can’t build a trailer park. It is outside our purview, but we are seeking on how we can collaborate with the state government and local government on connecting those trailer parks.”

Frowning at the method of operations by  truck drivers, Bala Usman said sometimes truck drivers just came out to occupy the port access roads queuing up to scout for jobs until they got one, therefore causing unnecessary gridlock.

She said: “Sometimes, a significant number of the trucks you see on the road are actually there doing anything. They are just at the ports to look for business, and that is irresponsible.

“So, if we have the licensed trailer park, only trucks coming from the trailer park will be allowed access into the port. If you are looking for business you go to the trailer park and stay there. If somebody wants a truck he can go to the trailer park and get you there.”