The Nigerian Ports Authority NPA has concluded plans to commence electronic call up system for all trucks that pick and drop consignments at the nation’s seaports in Apapa in January 2021, barring any last minute change in the scheme of things.

This is with a view to curtailing the perennial gridlock that has crippled economic activities in Apapa, which houses Nigeria’s two biggest seaports; the Lagos Ports Complex and Tin Can Island Ports Complex.

 Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, who spoke when the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaech inspected the two major seaports in Lagos, announce again to stakeholders that the authority would deploy an electronic call up system for trucks come January 2021, which would resolve the issue of gridlock on the seaport access roads.

According to her, the authority is working with the Lagos State Government to create truck parks at designated areas in the state.

She also disclosed that the Lagos State Government is planning to provide a designated truck park at Orile, where trucks would park until their cargoes are cleared electronically before they could proceed into the port.

“We are planning to deploy an E-call-up system in January 2021. We will provide an electronic call-up system within the ports and designated truck parks. No more random parking of trucks on the road, we are going to have a designated trucks’ park; when you are called upon you can enter the port.

“The electronic call-up system will be across all platforms on phones. You can monitor when the consignment arrives and when you have been assigned to pick up your cargo. The e-call up will also remove human intervention and eliminate corrupt practices,” Usman added

She noted that the only thing that would be needed for clearing was the barcode which would be scanned at the entrance of the port to enable them enter.

The Minister had on Friday inspected the Tin can Island terminal in Lagos, in a bid to resolve the persisting congestion at the port.

Accompanied on the visit to Tin Can Island Port were Managing Director of NPA Hadiza Bala Usman and the Executive Secretary/CEO Nigeria Shippers’ Council, Mr. Hassan Bello.

During the inspection, Amaechi reiterated the need for an urgent panacea to the perennial gridlock thereby making it easy for unimpeded access to the seaport.