he Acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA, Mohammed Bello-Koko, has assured that all bottlenecks to the smooth implementation of the the e- call up system will be eliminated
Bello- Koko iwhile assuring port stakeholders of the authority’s resolve to speedily fine-tuning and resolving all teething challenges impeding the smooth implementation of the electronic call-up system for trucks doing business at the ports, explained that the measure geared towards enhancing efficiency of the nation’s seaports.
Bello-Koko made this pledge on the occasion of his visit to the Lilypond Terminal in Ijora, Lagos, Tuesday, for a firsthand assessment of the Information Technology physical infrastructure built for the call-up system, which is domiciled in the terminal.
The unscheduled visit, according to the acting Managing Director, was to enable him re-evaluate the performance of the truck call-up system three months after it was deployed, and also engage directly with the service users to appreciate their concerns and those bottlenecks arising from their subscription of the traffic management platform.
Bello-Koko addressing tuck drivers and other port users revealed that all teething issues arising from the truck call-up system will be addressed progressively, stressing that both the online scheduling process and truck transit arrangement would be fine-tuned to check against manipulation and other related irregularities.
He said: “we will ensure that the entire process is fully automated and secure to prevent counterfeiting, while priority will be given to export cargoes in line with the economic diversification agenda of the Federal Government.”
Bello Koko also told stakeholders that the management of the authority under his watch is poised to sustain the implementation of the minimum standard trucks operating in the ports with the view to ensuing that the ports Standard Operating Procedure SOP is complied with at all times pointing out that trucks that fail to meet with expectations would not be allowed access into the “Eto” app.
Bello- Koko advised the ports community to collaborate with the NPA Management in making sure the sector operates in tandem with International best practice. According to him “Eto” has come to stay, we shall together ensure its workability”, the economy being better for it.
The NPA Chief Executive appreciated the Lagos State Government for the collaborative synergy and its role in enforcement.
Speaking on behalf of haulage operators at the ports, President of the Association of Maritime Truck Owners AMATO, Chief Remi Ogungbemi, expressed delight with the unscheduled visit of the acting Managing Director. He described the visit as a demonstration of the NPA helmsman’s appreciation of the fact that the truck call-up system is a priority.
“We are very happy with your visit, it shows clearly that you a listening and focused leader, who is prepared to tackle the critical issues affecting port business in our country. We will work with you as the success of NPA is our success as well. We commend the authority for giving us this call-up system, however the story so far has not been enjoyable, we’re hopeful that things will improve very soon”, the Chief said.
The NPA had on February 27 rolled out an electronic call-up system for trucks dubbed “Eto”, to address the intractable traffic gridlock along the access roads leading to the two major seaports in the Lagos area.
The visit to Lilypond Terminal by the acting Managing Director, his first since he assumed office on May 6, is to enable him assess the quality of equipment so far deployed and identify the necessary measures required for thr sydtem to achieve its intended objective.