Commends NPA over e-call up system
As one of the steps towards harmonising its transportation policy for the maritime industry, the Chairman of Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Tincan Island Port Chapter, Lagos, Mr. Mohammed Olomola Mojeed, has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to merge haulage companies that operate in the industry.
Stressing that the merger will bring sanity to the system, the ANLCA Chairman commended the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) over the introduction of the e-call up to control the movement of trucks that pick cargo in the nation’s seaports in Lagos. He maintained that since the introduction of the e-call up system, traffic gridlock in and around the ports in Apapa has reduced drastically by 60 percent.
Mojeed made the call in an interview with PortNews in his office at the association secretariat in Tincan Island, Lagos, last week, urging the government to hasten the contractor handling the reconstruction of the port access roads in Apapa.
Applauding his predecessor Prince Segun Oduntan for tackling many bottlenecks in cargo clearance, Mojeed said “I commend the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for introducing the e-call up to control the movement of trucks picking cargo in the ports. Traffic has reduced drastically by 60 percent; this is due to the e-call otherwise known as ETO.
“The federal government has to hasten the contractor handling the reconstruction of the port access roads and must harmonize its transportation policy for the ports. As one of the steps towards harmonization, the government must come up with a merger policy for haulage companies that a company with less than 20 trucks should not be allowed to operate and must have parking spaces.
“The merger will bring sanity into the system, eliminate rickety trucks and enable the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to monitor truck movement in and out of the ports.”
Mojeed who is also the Managing Director of Celebrity Global Investment Limited, one of the leading customs licensed agencies said his administration had interfaced with the customs authority in the port with a view to quickening cargo clearance, saying that customs and terminals have been cooperative in releasing cargo within the 48 hours policy of the federal government.
Speaking on the reintroduction of logbook for clearance of vehicles by the Nigeria Customs Service, the ANLCA Chairman described the logbook as the ancient method, not in tune with modern realities. He, however, admonished the customs to build a database that will contain valuable information on all types of vehicles for easy valuation rather than resulting in a logbook which would continue to cause arguments and waste time.
On the crisis rocking the national leadership of the association, the Chairman maintained that there is no crisis in the association. “There is no crisis in ANLCA. ANLCA is one big family and what is happening in ANLCA happens in any big organisation like ours. The problem is ego; if our leaders can drop their ego, allow give and take solution, ANLCA will regain its pride of place in the industry.”
On welfare for his members, Mojeed said what is paramount to his administration is for customs agents in the ports to do their job easily without any hindrance. “We cannot promise anything as the system is not that friendly now although we have a lot of plans. When the coast is clear and friendly, we shall unveil our welfare plans. But what is of importance to us is for our members and other customs agents to do their job without any hindrance.”