NPA to sanc­tion ship­ping coys, ter­mi­nal op­er­a­tors over non-com­pli­ance to hold­ing bays

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Eu­gene Agha, La­gos

The au­thor­ity in change of the Nige­rian Ports Au­thor­ity (NPA) has threat­ened to sanc­tion ship­ping com­pa­nies and ter­mi­nal op­er­a­tors over non­com­pli­ance to agree­ment on hold­ing bays.

It said very stiff sanc­tion and penal­ties awaited all erring ship­ping com­pa­nies and ter­mi­nal op­er­a­tors that re­fused to play by the rules.

The agree­ment, which was reached in Novem­ber 2017 be­tween the ship­ping com­pa­nies, ter­mi­nal op­er­a­tors and the NPA, com­pelled all ship­ping com­pa­nies and ter­mi­nal op­er­a­tors to pro­vide hold­ing bays for their trucks and con­tain­ers through the newly adopted call-up sys­tem.

These were part of the res­o­lu­tions adopted at the end of two meet­ings be­tween the Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of NPA, Hadiza Bala Us­man, and the lead­er­ship of truck driv­ers and Mar­itime Work­ers Union in re­sponse to re­cent protests by truck driv­ers at the La­gos Port Com­plex (LPC) and Tin Can Is­land Port (TCIP).

A state­ment is­sued by the NPA signed by Isah Suwaid, As­sis­tant Gen. Man­ager, Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tion on be­half of the gen­eral man­ager states; the “Man­ag­ing Direc­tor in­formed the meet­ing on Wed­nes­day (11th July, 2018) that the au­thor­ity has launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the level of com­pli­ance or non-com­pli­ance to the agree­ments reached be­tween the au­thor­ity, ship­ping com­pa­nies and ter­mi­nal op­er­a­tors.

It warned that “Any com­pany found to have con­tra­vened this agree­ment will be sanc­tioned”.

He said on the newly adopted call-up sys­tem for trucks ac­cess­ing the port, Hadiza Us­man ex­plained that the au­thor­ity had con­sulted widely with all stake­hold­ers be­fore the in­tro­duc­tion of the sys­tem, adding that the sys­tem has proved to be the most ef­fec­tive way of man­ag­ing traf­fic in the Apapa axis till date.

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