Apapa gridlock: Fraudsters frustrate Nigeria’s truck call-up system

apapa gridlock

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is battling fraudsters to save its new call-up system from collapse barely a week after take-off.

NPA said on its official Twitter page Wednesday that it’s investigating cases of counterfeit call-ups in circulation. Some truckers were caught with fake call-ups, a situation that complicates the traffic problem.

The e-call up, which commenced February 27, was designed to end decades of nightmarish traffic gridlock experienced by residents and road users within the port corridor. This is because truckers turned the roads to parking lots and series of attempts to remedy the situation failed.

The system is powered by a web application called “Eto”.

A New Directive

NPA and its partner, Truck Transit Park Limited TTP, have therefore issued a new directive to truckers and port operators to enhance the implementation of the system.

In a directive to agents, freight forwarders and truckers, NPA made it mandatory to obtain their tickets only when they are in a holding bay.

It directed all flatbeds drivers from Ikeja industrial area and the environs to be serviced from either JOF truck park Oregun or Foru truck park Ojota.

Similarly, it said all flatbed trucks from Amuwo, Apapa and the environs shall be serviced from H and C logistics trading enterprise, Amuwo Odofin and Army Truck Park, Mile 2. It said all flatbeds from the Army Truck Park and H and C logistics would serve the Tin-Can corridor only.

All trucks with Terminal Delivery Order, TDO, pairing shall be serviced by Anet Construction park and Bomarah Park. All export containers shall be serviced from the Foru Truck Park Ojota.

According to the directive, fish trucks will continue the way they operate at the moment while reefer containers shall be accommodated by a truck park.

Roll-on/roll-off barge movements were approved through Lagferry Jetty at Mile 2 and landing points at Standard Flour Mills and GMT jetties at Creek Road, Apapa