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COMTUA Calls for Setting up of Call-up Committee for Truck Transit Terminals..hinges Traffic gridlock on Extortion, others.

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Council of Maritime Transport Unions and Association(COMTUA,) has urged the federal government to prevail on the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) and Nigerian Shippers’ Council(NSC) to set up a call-up committee to handle the call -up system for the major truck transit terminals.

COMTUA, which is Council of Maritime transport unions and association, formed in May 2018,  is a collaboration of six major transport unions and associations in maritime industry namely: National Association of Road Transport Owners(NARTO),Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria( MWUN), Road Transport Employers of Nigeria(RTEAN),Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers( NURTW) ( Heavy duty section), Amalgamation of Container Truck Owners Association(ACTOA) and ContainerTruck Owners Association(,COTOAN).



Speaking at a Press conference in Lagos Wednesday, the acting chairman,  Board of Trustee,  COMTUA, Mr. Aloga Ogbogo who said the committee should comprise Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA),  Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Port Police, COMTUA and Terminal Operators, stressing that government should make it a policy that all trucks going to the ports must enter the transit truck terminals before accessing the ports while defaulters should be severely sanctioned.

Ogbogo who is also the Executive Secretary , Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) attributed the persistent traffic gridlock within the port corridors to shunting of trucks that were not on call-up by some persons with the aid of security Agencies operating within the port environment; the inefficiency of the shipping companies and terminal operators in handling empty containers like system break down, lack of space to stack empty containers.

He further disclosed that lack of functional holding bay by shipping companies for the empty containers and the failure of shipping companies to bring in sweeper vessels to evacuate the empty containers as well as delay by the construction company in the construction of the Apapa Oshodi expressway were among other factors responsible for the traffic gridlock within the port environment.

Ogbogo who commended the efforts of Presidential Task Team in solving the current traffic gridlock in Apapa and Tincan Island corridor however accused security agencies operating within the port environment,  of extortions and collection of monies from transporters in order to give them express access to the port.
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He assured that the body would henceforth speak with one voice in addressing issues confronting them in the industry.
“The council was formed to address the challenges bedeviling haulage businesses in the industry more especially in Lagos state (Apapa and Tincan ports). The harassment, intimidation, Extortion and man handling of our members (especially drivers) became unbearable and worrisome that the council took to the last option to protest against the military joint task force through a letter to the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigerian. The petition led to the disbandment of the military task force and brought in the current presidential team.
“However, the presidential task team has done a lot but much still need to be done in solving the current traffic grid lock in Apapa and Tincan Island corridor, though much work still needs to be done”, he opined.

On the issue of provision of holding bay for empty containers , he said, it’s long overdue and over flogged. It is the responsibility of the regulators, Nigeria shipper’s council and NPA to ensure that most of these shipping companies have their holding bay where they stack their containers, but the regulators have failed to address the issue over time.

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