From right: MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, COO, TTP Ltd., Temidayo Adeboye, Port Manager, LPC, Olufunmilayo Olotu during the inspection of the electronic truck call-up facilities at the Lily Pond Terminal, Ijora, Lagos, recently.

The Nigerian Ports Authority NPA, has assured port users of smooth and hitch-free implementation of its electronic call-up system recently deployed by NPA for trucks that operate at the nation’s seaports.

Managing Director of the authority, Hadiza Bala Usman, who spoke against the background of insinuations that the process might be marred by irregularities, however insists that the irresponsible manner in which some people park trucks and other articulated vehicles on port access roads would soon be a thing of the past.

The Managing Director gave the assurance after leading a stakeholders’ facility assessment tour of the Truck Transit Park TTP at Lily Pond, Terminal, located at Ijora, Lagos.

A statement by the Assistant General Manager, Corporate & Strategic Communications of NPA, Ibrahim Nasir, said that the tour of the park facility was designed to ascertain the degree of preparedness by the park towards the formal take off of the e-call up system later in the month.

The statement also noted that these moves had become necessary and urgent to address the problems associated with the gridlocks on port access roads, which had made the port systems inefficient and uncompetitive.

The statement reads in part: “The Managing Director of NPA reiterates that the truck electronic call-up system which is being powered by a web application called “Eto”, would put an end to the perennial logjam caused by articulated trucks within the port corridor. “It is critical we put an end to the intractable Apapa traffic to restore sanity to cargo operations at our ports in Lagos”.

The MD also assured that the web application (Eto) will enthrone transparency, orderliness to truck movement as scheduling is done automatically – on first come, first serve, basis. 

She commended TTP LTD for the renovations carried out at the Lily Pond Truck Transit Park facility.

Meanwhile, Chief Operating Officer of TTP Ltd., Mr. Temidayo Adeboye, who led other members of the management team on the assessment tour, assured truck owners and drivers of quality service delivery at the facility. A highpoint of the tour was a demonstration of the functionality of the Eto app to the delight of the visiting delegation. 

Recall that the NPA management had earlier solicited the support and cooperation of stakeholders towards a successful takeoff and implementation of the Eto, designed to complement the drive for a business -friendly and secure environment for port business in the country.