– Cost of haulage by 60%
Lagos — The management of Transit Truck Part, TTP has said the introduction of the scheme has reduced the cost of transporting containerised cargoes within the Lagos metropolis by as much as 60 percent and truck turnaround time by 70 percent.
Speaking to newsmen yesterday in Lagos, Chief Operating Officer of TTP, Mr. Dayo Adeboye said that although there were some hitches being experienced at the Mile-2 end of the Apapa-Oshodi due to ongoing construction works on that part of the and yet to be coordinated call up system for tankers.
Adeboye also said that before the intervention of TTP in the management of the movement of vehicles in and out of the Lagos ports, the average turnaround time for Reefer Trucks was 2 weeks but that it has been reduced to 60 hour which is 2 and half days.
For flatbed and empty containers the average turnaround time for this categories of trucks were two weeks bbut now reduced to 62 and 90 hours respectively, while export containers now have a turnaround time 76 hours as against two week previously.
For the cost movement of container out of Apapa but within Lagos Metropolis, it cost about a N1million to move a container a 40 ft container from Apapa port to ant warehouse or location within Lagos but this has been reduced to N400,000, representing a 60 percent decrease in the cost of moving containers out of the ports.
While cost of transportation of 40ft containers from Apapa port before was between N1.500.000 and N1.600,000 has come down to between N400,000 and N750,000 while the cost of moving containers within Apapa now attracts as low as N100,00 and N150,000.
Adeboye explained on a daily basis, about 4,000 were on the port access roads and adjoining streets within and around the Apapa area, most of which have been moved into truck parks scattered around Lagos.
He said: “There was an average of 4,000 trucks on the roads daily, many of them are static as most them were parked on the roads and there was truck scheduling.
“An average of 3,000 trucks are batched and scheduled on a daily basis, while the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, has about 70 approved trucks parks that schedule trucks to proceed to ports and there are done via the ‘Eto’ Application.”