Despite protest by the various truck associations against the N10,000 vehicle entry permit, levy payment into the nation’s seaports by the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the ports management has announced the commencement of the standards at the nations seaports in compliance with the Federal Government’s directive.
Speaking in Lagos shortly after the official flag off of the new rule recently, the Managing Director of NPA, Habib Abdullahi, said that the enforcement of human safety standards is for haulage trucks operating in the nation’s seaport terminals. Abdullahi said all rickety trucks that have not been inspected and registered by the NPA authorities will no longer be allowed into the ports across the nation, stressing that about 2,000 trucks have met the minimum safety standards that would be granted access to the ports to load and offload consignment.
He said the aim of the new rule was to promote port safety security and also ensure stricter monitoring of trucks and their drivers.
He said that it is part of the core resonsiblities of NPA to ensure that trucks accessing the ports meet acceptable international standards adding that the fact that people are paying N10,000 per annum is to ensure the administrative cost, and that NPA is even subsidizing it if not, the fee would have been more.
The NPA MD said, “for a very long time, we have been experiencing containers falling down and killing innocent citizens; this is of great concern to us and we feel that to go along with international standards, it is our responsibility to ensure that all trucks getting into the port are maintained and secured, as it applies in other countries”. He urged truck operators to resist and report cases of extortion by appropriate authorities while complying with the directive for minimum safety standards.
Source: Hellenic Shipping News