Lagos, July 21, 2014 (NAN) Chief Aderemi Ogungbemi, President, Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), said on Monday that the association would soon introduce a “call up system’’ to help to reduce Apapa gridlock.
“The truck drivers will no longer queue on the roads waiting to be called. The truck drivers can stay any where until they are called that there is consignment for them to carry.
“It is a temporary measure. When it is established, if you have no job, you do not have the right to be at the port environment,’’ he said.
The AMATO president said government had not allocated a site whether temporary or permanent for truck owners to relocate to, stressing that truck owners would continue to operate from the ports.
“The amount of money lost cannot be easily ascertained.
“While the terrible gridlock lasted for about four weeks, a driver that loads daily can manage to load once or highest twice in a week,’’ he said.
Ogungbemi also said that corruption by security officials made business operation difficult for truck drivers.
“Every truck owner has to part with money to security officials before he can be allowed into the port to load goods.
However, the truck owners and divers of articulated vehicles agreed to evacuate their trucks from the highway as from Monday. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]