ETO has reduced costs of moving cargo in Lagos ports – TTP

L-R: Mr. Bolaji Akerele, Head of Corporate Development, and Mr. Temidayo Adeboye, Chief Operating Officer, TTP Limited

The management of Trucks Transit Parks (TTP) Limited says traffic gridlock on port access roads in Lagos has successfully been tamed by 50 percent with the deployment of technology (electronic call-up system – ETO), collaboration with key port stakeholders and provision of physical infrastructure – parking spaces for trucks.

TTP noted that when it began operations, it had to carry out thorough research on the various port stakeholders who are involved in cargo movement for it to have a better grasp and understanding of their operations, the traffic gridlock and its causes, and which approach or method to use to tackle the traffic gridlock.

The organization said that trucks that pick cargo in the port account for 50 percent of the traffic gridlock, adding that since it has boarded 76, 000 trucks on the ETO, out of which 17,000 are effective currently; it has solved the traffic gridlock by about 50 percent.

The ETO implication, according to TPP, is that the costs of moving cargo and entering the port, which soared up in the heyday of the traffic gridlock, are now back to normal while the road congestion has eased off thus quickening the turnaround time of trucks effectively.      

Mr. Temidayo Adeboye, the TPP Chief Operating Officer (COO), told PortNews about this success story in Lagos on Thursday, October 14, 2021.

Adeboye said that if TTP can onboard finally the remaining 50 percent of trucks from oil and gas firms, allied companies around the ports and others the ETO, the port and its environs will be totally free from time-wasting gridlock. He noted that oil and gas companies have the facilities and capacity to onboard the ETO easily. 

The COO said that faking of TTP tickets is completely eradicated with the deployment of the ETO as against what it used to be at the early stage of its operation when ticketing was manual and was easily manipulated in the business centre. He assured that trucks on the ETO cannot be extorted except in the area where it is not in use.

“It was not easy when we began operations a few months back because we had no technology. Faking of our tickets was rampant. ETO has however simplified the system and eliminated faking and extortion thus giving ETO-compliant truck drivers unhindered access to the port. As things are going, we shall be improving the technology because of some unscrupulous Nigerians who may want to bypass the process,” said Adeboye.

He said that human interfacing in the process is still a major challenge and would continue to happen only when stakeholders are always in hurry to get into the port. He advised truckers to stop be in a hurry and follow due process.

Adeboye explained that it is easy, self-explanatory and cheap for truck owners to be listed on the ETO, stressing that there is no reason for truck drivers to park by the roadsides when NPA has 70 approved parks that can accommodate them.

The Chief Operation Officer noted that traffic gridlock in the Ijora-Wharf Road axis of the ports has abated drastically but still persists at the Tin Can Island-Mile axis because of the slow pace of the reconstruction of the port access road. He said that the government had instructed the contractor to provide palliatives for trucks to access the port pending when the reconstruction is over.

He added that another challenge in this axis is the indiscriminate parking of oil and gas trucks that patronise the tank farms on the access road inhibiting the movement of other trucks going to the port. According to him, none of these tank farms meets the oil and gas regulations.  

Adeboye informed that only 10 bonded terminals among several that are located at the Mile 2 –Festac axis are listed on the ETO but TTP is working out the process to get all of them on board. 

“The road reconstruction is a major challenge at Tin Can port. Once the palliatives are provided and trucks can access the port, the madness (traffic), the extortion of drivers will end with the full deployment of ETO,” said the COO.

While disclosing that TTP is planning to have trailer parks in all the states of the country, Adeboye said that barge operators have not been factored into the ETO because of the peculiarities of their operations. He said that majority of the barges in operation fall short of the acceptable standards as shipping companies won’t stem to them midstream.

“Shipping companies cannot allow any of the barges in operation in Nigerian waters to stand beside their ships for midstream discharging because they don’t meet the international standards,” said he.  

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