Apapa Gridlock: Logistics practitioners seek removal of presidential task force
Members of the Logistics Practitioners Association of Nigeria (LPAN) has called for the removal of Presidential Task Force and unregistered truck owners in Apapa over alleged consistent exploitations.
They also called for proper restructuring of the traffic management system at the ports to ease movement. They disclosed that the consistent exploitation of truck drivers before they are allowed to gain access into the Tin Can Island port from Mile 2 axis was the cause of the recent deadly clash between members of the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), unregistered truck owners and members of the Presidential Task Force at Mile 2.
While condemning the development, LPAN and AMATO called for an investigation into the perennial violence on the Mile 2 – Tin Can Island route to Lagos ports.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) of LPAN, Tunde Oyebola, who berated the unprofessional conduct of members of the task force and the unregistered truck owners over the incident, called on relevant law enforcement agencies to investigate those involved in the fracas.
Operatives of the task force, however, denied the allegation of exploiting truck drivers. But at meeting, stakeholders in the transport sector who waded into the crisis, said AMATO should be allowed to coordinate transport operations at Lagos ports.
The meeting, which was attended by members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Independent Truck Owners, LPAN, AMATO and other transport stakeholders at the ports, called for an improvement in traffic management at the ports, saying the present arrangement was very poor.
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