Port congestion: Amaechi, others inspect Tin Can

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By Chibuike Nwabuko

(Sundiata Post) – The Minister of Transportation,  Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, Friday inspected the Tin Can Island alongside  the Managing Director of Nigerian Authority,  Hadiza Usman and Executive Secretary of Nigeria Shippers Council, Barr. Hassan Bello, order solve the lingering congestion at the .

During the , Amaechi reiterated the need for an urgent solution curb trucks blocking access roads the ports towards achieving the clearing of goods time with less contact.

He, however, said he would meet with all relevant agencies January 19 find a permanent solution the challenges.

Speaking, the boss said that by January 2021 an electronic clearing system for cargoes would be introduced that would resolve the issue gridlock at the .

According to her, the agency is working with to create truck parks at designated areas.

She said that the plans to give a designated truck park at Orile where trucks will park until their cargo is cleared electronically before they can proceed into the port. 

“We are to deploy an E-call- system January 2021. We will provide an electronic call- system within the Ports and designation truck parks. more trucks parking randomly on the road, we are going to have a designated trucks park; when you are called upon you can enter the Port.

“The electronic call- system will be across all platforms on phones. You can monitor when the consignment arrives and when you have been assigned to pickup  your  cargo. The E-call will also remove intervention and eliminate corrupt practices.”

She said that the only thing that would be needed for clearing is the barcode that would be scanned at the entrance of the port to enable them enter the port.

However,  Hassan Bello said that everyday the council have tried to proffer temporary solution to the gridlock at the Port.

He said that with the festive period a lot of goods is expected to be imported into the country which calls for urgent actions.