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African Circle unveils 16 new trucks for waste management at ports

From left, Acting
Coordinating Officer, Africa Circle Pollution Management Limited (ACPML), Mr
Ahmadu Fidi Ahmadu; representative of the General Manager, Health Safety &
Environment (HSE), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Yunusa Ibrahim; General
Manager, Security, NPA, Mr Nasir Anas Mohammed, and the District Manager, Lagos
Port, ACPML, Mrs Latifat Ibrahim, at the unveiling of 16 modern trucks procured
by ACPML in Lagos, recently.
In a bid to fulfill its mandate as contained
in the agreement it signed with the Federal Government, the management of
African Circle Pollution Management Limited (ACPML) has unveiled 16 new modern

The trucks which are fitted with the latest technology features were
manufactured overseas by one the motor vehicle manufacturing giants, Mercedes
The trucks in addition to the earlier ones procured by the company are
expected to enhance the operations of the company in the nation’s seaports
situated in Lagos, Calabar, Port Harcourt, Warri and Onne.
The procurement of the trucks was in line with the requirements of
Maritime Pollution (MARPOL) 73/78, one of the key guidelines of the global
maritime watchdog, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) which has its
headquarters in London, United Kingdom.
With the provisions of MARPOL 73/78, the management of the
Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is mandated by IMO to provide adequate waste
reception facilities for waste generated in vessels calling in Nigerian ports.
Unveiling the trucks in Tin Can Island Port Complex, Apapa, Lagos,
the Managing Director of NPA, Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman commended the management of
African Circle Pollution Management Limited (ACPML) for the strides it has made
since it signed the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) agreement with the
Federal Government.
Usman who was represented at the occasion by NPA General Manager,
Security, Mr. Nasir Anas Mohammed stated that the additional modern trucks the
company has procured would go a long way in enhancing its operations in the
months ahead.
The NPA helmsman who took time to test drive one of the trucks
said the move would help Nigeria to meet the requirements of the IMO as regards
the evacuation of waste generated by ships in Nigeria territorial waters.
The Acting Co-ordinating Officer, ACPML, Mr. Ahmadu Fidi Ahmadu in
his remarks said the firm procured the trucks in order meet the increase in the
demands for its services over the years.
He disclosed that while eight of the trucks would be used in the
ports situated in Nigeria commercial nerve centre, Lagos, the other eight would
be utilise in Onne Port Complex, Onne, Rivers State.

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