By Oluyinka Onigbinde
Truck owners and freight forwarders operating at the Lagos port have threaten to shut down the ports and bonded terminals at the Lagos port due to the deplorable state of the Lagos port.
The truckers under the aegis of the Amalgamation of trucking association With Other Stakeholders in Maritime Industry (ATAOSMI) and other operators who engage in customs brokerage have threatened to withdraw their services today
The notice of withdrawal of service signed by the chairman of the Amalgamation, Comrade Victor Nnyosum, and sent to major stakeholders in Apapa, including the Director General of NIMASA, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, GM, NPA (Western Port), Area Commander, Area ‘B’, Nigeria Police and Port Police, stated that the joint body resolved to withdraw their services as a result of the deplorable state of the Tin Can/Apapa roads which they said has been responsible for the destruction of trucks, goods and the loss of lives.
The notice clearly stated that the withdrawal of services will continue until the roads are fully rehabilitated.
The National Publicity Secretary of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Dr Kayode Farinto, confirmed that ANLCA is in full support of the withdrawal of services.
It is recalled that the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, said in 2015 that Apapa road rehabilitation was not included in the year’s budget promising that it would be included in the 2016 budget.
However, nothing was done on the roads in 2016 even as the feeled Apapa/ Tin Can roads are still begging for rehabilitation in 2017.