NPA sensitizes stakeholders on transit trailer parks to improve port operations

The Executive Director M&O (NPA), Dr. Sokonte Davis,(Standing); sitting to his immediate left is the General Manager Monitoring & Regulatory Services (NPA) Mrs. Ugo Madubuike, General Manager, Board Secretary/ Legal Services (NPA) Mrs. Eniola Williams and Ag. General Manager Marine & Operations, (NPA) Capt. Jerome Anygunwe, while sitting to his immediate right is the General Manager, Security, NPA, Capt. Iheanacho Ebubeogu and the General Manager, Corporate & Strategic Communications, NPA, Engr. Adams Jatto at the event in Lagos

The Management of the Nigerian Ports  Authority [NPA] is concluding plans to commissioning two transit parks located at Lillypond and Tin can Island Second Gate.

The NPA, at a stakeholders' meeting,  said it was convinced the effort would enhance effective port operations and improved service delivery,  just as it  informed stakeholders in the Maritime sector that priority would be given to trucks with empties and exports.


The Managing Director of the NPA represented by the Executive Director, Marine and Operations, Dr. Sokonte Davies, stated this at the  interactive Stakeholders meeting between Management and critical Stakeholders held at the Rock View Hotels Apapa.

Speaking on the plans of the management, Sokonte reinstated that the NPA as  Landlord, would not fold its arms and allow  total breakdown of the system, but that it would rather take the bull by the horn and proffer permanent solution to the menace in view of the role the sector plays in the nation’s economy.

According to the Acting Managing Director, some of the plans put in place include mandating an incoming Task Force to ensure that all trucks are not allowed to park on the bridges henceforth. 

Shipping Lines and Terminal Operators must synergize their operations to ensure the success of the call up system, while  security agencies are to remove all categories of trucks milling round the port environment and traffic and law enforcement agents to ensure that the Tincan Island – Mile 2 corridor axis is open for optimal traffic and port management.

In addition, the various sectional heads from the NPA involved in the exercise resolved that enforcement would be total whilst calling on the support and understanding from all involved. 

It stressed that while the trailer parks were a transit point, it would ensure that broken down trucks are towed away on a penalty, and it urged all concerned that a platform would be made available for complaints to be lodged by stakeholders.

The Director General Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency [NIMASA] Dr. Dakuku Peterside represented by Mrs. Anna James Akpan, Assistant Director, Shipping Development commended the initiative of the NPA in putting an end to the menace. 

Described the port as a very important component of the maritime sector, Mrs. Akpan said: ‘’The ease of access into the Port and the provision and maintenance of the facilities to create a free flow of activities cannot be overemphasized as it will enhance the flow and increase of revenue to both the Authority and Government.’’

Concluding the discussions, participants urged the NPA Management to ensure that their members are made relevant in committees just as they further pledged their loyalty to the NPA in ensuring that the call-up system is effectively implemented for improved port operations.

Present at the event were representatives drawn from the Terminal Operators, Shipping Lines, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners and other critical Stakeholders.