No fewer than 3,000 containers are said to be trapped inside the Lagos Port Complex Apapa as a result of the lockdown created by a new policy introduced by the Nigerian Ports Authority on the return of containers to the port.
According to a port official who declined to identify himself, trouble started when the NPA management at the port decided to take over the control of traffic in and out of the port area from the Nigerian Navy.
A truck driver, who identified himself as Sulaiman Adeoye, confirmed to The PUNCH correspondent that the new policy led the truck drivers to down tools on Tuesday and Wednesday in protest.
He said, “They (NPA) just suddenly came on Monday and said that all trucks must first go to a shipping company’s loading bay from where they are to be called into the port. Unfortunately, this is contrary to the arrangement being implemented by the Nigerian Navy, which has worked very well and has eliminated the Apapa gridlock.
The PUNCH, June 7, 2018
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