Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said on Tuesday that it would begin automation
of the truck call-up system in August.
Corporate and Strategic Communication, made this known in an interview with the
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
According to him, what is holding back
the take-off of the call-up system, is the shoreline protection for the Tin-Can
axis of the truck terminal.
“We have concluded the procurement process to be
able to engage our investors to manage the truck park.
“So with this, I believe we should be able to have something on ground for
people to be proud of. “Call-up system is not just the areas we are looking at,
for us to ease the congestion along ports access roads.
“It is a kind of temporary measure for us to ensure that we have a free flow on
the axis that lead to the ports.
“The call-up system is for us to be able to
have truck parks along ports area and some of the truck owners have assured us
that they have truck parks, where they can park their trucks.
“A call-up system is to ensure that in each of the areas where there are truck
parks, the trucks are there and when it is time for them to come to the ports,
we have to adopt the call-up system to call them.
“On the basis of this, we
will be able to streamline the trucks coming into the ports, to ease
congestion,” Jatto said.
He said that the authority was looking forward to
implementing sustainable solutions to the gridlock. He said that the agency had
provided short, medium, and long term solutions to the gridlock.
Jatto maintained that the present management of NPA had also engaged the
support services of other government agencies, which built part of the road in
partnership with NPA.