By Francis Ugwoke
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Determined to address years of gridlock in Apapa and environement, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Friday announced that it will commence the electronic call-up system for all trucks calling at the ports from February 27.
The decision according to the authority in a statement signed by the Asst General Manager Corporate &Strategic Communications , Mr Ibrahim Nasiru, was to find a permanent solution to the problem of truck congestion aroundApapa and its environs.
The electronic system, the statement explained was designed for the management of truck movement and access to and from the Lagos Ports Complex and the Tin Can Island Ports, Apapa, Lagos.
Part of the statement reads: “All trucks doing business at the ports will be required to park at the approved truck parks until they are called up into the port through the Eto app.
The Eto applicationwill be responsible for the scheduling, entry and exit of all trucks into the ports with effect from 27th February 2021”.
Part of the statement reads, “Therefore, all transporters, trucks owners and truck drivers will be required to download the Eto App from Google play store or sign up at http://eto.ttp.com.ng before the commencement date to enable them register accordingly.
“In addition to this, cargo owners should please note that empty containers can only be returned to the ports through the approved holding bays of shipping companies using the Eto Platform. It is the responsibility of the shipping company to move empty containers from their holding bay to the Port. Allcargo owners have to dois drop theirempty containers at the holding bay of the shipping company. The shipping company will thenmake the necessary bookings on the Eto platform to return empty containersto the Port.
“The management of the NPA solicits the cooperation of transporters, truck drivers, cargo owners, clearing agents shipping companies and all port users in the implementation of the project, which will bring order and sanity to the ports access roads.
“Non-compliance to the use of Eto and its guidelines will result in denial of access into the Ports, impounding of trucks and withdrawal of registration/operating license”.