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New NPA’s measures to ease Apapa gridlock’ll work—Port users

Leading port users including importers and clearing agents have welcomed the new set of traffic regulations rolled out by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to track the unprecedented glut in traffic concerns.

It was gathered that NPA arrived at the 5-Point Agenda after series of consultations with major stakeholders. The issued directives are critical to the effective management of the traffic situation around the Apapa Area of Lagos.

Business Hilights had last week Friday published a report that southern half of Lagos State may be grounded to a halt of the occupation of federal highways and bridges continues unabated.

Leading in the 5-Point Traffic Control Agenda include, 1; With effect from November 23, 2017, all shipping companies MUST house their empty trucks at their holding bays outside of the port location pending the time for vessel loading; Trucks called up to access the port MUST maintain a single lane profile as designated by new Traffic Management/Enforcement Team, comprising The Nigerian Police, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Lagos State Transport Management;  Agency (LASTMA), the Nigerian Navy, the National Civil Defence Corps and NPA Security’ Tramping trucks milling around in search of customers within the Port Area will be impounded by the inter-agency Traffic Management/Enforcement Team and dealt with in accordance with the law; and that, The Authority, as part of its commitment to the decongestion of traffic in the Apapa area, will advertise for the licensing of trailer parks as a way of creating holding bay facilities for truckers.

The agenda also averred that “In addition, the NPA will deploy an effective call-up system which will link the Port gate with the trailer parks facility and as such, trucks will only be called up at the appropriate time”.