Truck owners plan call up system to reduce gridlock on Lagos port roads

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Lagos, July 21, 2014 (NAN) Aderemi Ogungbemi, , Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), said on Monday that the would soon introduce a “call up ’’ to help to reduce Apapa gridlock.

Ogungbemi told the News Agency Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the call up was a temporary measure that permitted truck drivers to come to the only when they were needed.

“The call up is a temporary method. will enable an agent to call a truck driver when needed to load goods.

“The truck drivers will no longer queue on the waiting to be called. The truck drivers can stay any where until they are called that there is consignment for them to carry.

is a temporary measure. When is established, if you have no job, you do not have the right to be at the ,’’ he said.
The AMATO 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 .

On their experiences during the gridlock on the to the , Ogungbemi said that was difficult to quantify their losses because the number trucks that ply the routes daily.

“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 operation difficult for truck drivers.

“Every truck owner has to part with money to security officials before he can be allowed into the to load goods.

“This is sad because a truck owner hardly makes a trip in a day,’’ the said.

However, the truck owners and divers of articulated agreed to evacuate their trucks from the highway as from Monday. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]