THE Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC, is getting set for a clamp down on those allegedly sabotaging the electronic truck call-up (e-call-up) system.
The e-call-up is a new innovation introduced by the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, to control trucks related congestion at the Apapa ports access roads.
Barely one month after the introduction the NSC disclosed, yesterday, that there is a push back by some vested interests against the system because it affecting their illegal benefits.
Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of the NSC, Hassan Bello, called on all maritime stakeholders to support NPA to make the system successful.
He noted that the e-call-up system has started working and has been functional, stressing that these developments can only be sustained if there is strict compliance to the system.
Bello said that there are some people who do not want the system to work because of the benefits they gain from the chaos.
He stated: “They are responsible for the pushback that we are experiencing. Shippers Council, NPA, others, as the lead agencies for port operations, we will work very hard to ensure that these saboteurs are exposed and brought to book.
“Compliance is very important. It is important that the terminal operators and the truckers come together to make sure that there’s substantial compliance to the e-call-up system. The system has started working and if we comply, there will be a dramatic reduction in the gridlock. Already there are signs to show that the system is working”.
While responding to the issue of saboteurs possessing fake e-call-up letters, Bello noted that some of these problems are bound to happen due to the fact that the system is a new one.