*Commends NPA on truck up call system
Lagos — The Alumni Association of Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron, AMANO, has suggested for a 100 years port development plan that will continue to respond to the dynamic nature Nigeria’s port industry.
In a statement, President of the group, Mr. Emmanuel Maiguwa said that if such a port development plan is put in place, it will move the industry forward for growth.
Maiguwa also said that a system of incentive on port fess suitable to operate coastal and inland container cargo vessel must be put in place so as to make ship owners begin to look at the possibilities of owning freighters.
According to him, freighter vessels contribute more in creating dock labour employment opportunities in the maritime labour industry.
The group also commended the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority for its newly initiated electronic call system for trucks into the ports saying that “If well implemented, the initiative will temporarily reduce traffic congestion in our ports.”
He suggested that a minimum standard be set up for trucks coming into the ports noting that some of these rickety trucks are worse than junk yards scraps.
He said: “It is for this simple reason of road unworthiness that they eventually breakdown on their way out of the port and cause congestion on the port access roads.
“If this gap is not addressed, it would mess up the electronic call up system.”