Caterpillar truck driver destroys e-call up system at Tin Can port
A Caterpillar truck driver has destroyed the access barrier built for the electronic call-up (ETO) system to check movement of trucks at the Abuja exit gate of Tin Can Island Port (TCIP).
It was gathered that the infrastructure was destroyed on Tuesday by the driver believed to have been hired by hoodlums and touts hanging around Lagos port premises.
Sources said since the access barrier was mounted as part of ETO system facilities, hoodlums and touts have been trying to sabotage the system as they have been threatening to pull down the barrier to have unfettered access into the ports.
According to a staff member of the Trucks Transit Parks Limited (TTP), on ground during the incident, the truck driver deliberately rammed into the access barrier.
Eyewitnesses at the exit gate also confirmed that several touts have been threatening to pull down the barrier to gain unfettered access to the port and carry out their illegal activities.
The Communications Manager, TTP, Toni Anne Uwaifo, told The Guardian that despite the driver claimed brakes failure, after carefully examining the video with testimonies from staff members and eyewitnesses, the driver was clearly seen driving steadily and in control of the truck.
According to her, another interesting fact from the video was that the caterpillar truck driver approached the barrier from the side and not in front or from behind, describing it as a rather awkward angle.
“Interestingly, the truck driver did not proceed towards the concrete fence just beyond the barrier, a fact that would be evident if it was indeed a case of brakes failure,” she said.
Uwaifo said the open sabotage of the electronic call-up system is a sad development and a stark reminder of how corruption has eaten deep into the society.
She said the truck driver has been apprehended and handed over to the police, adding that the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and TTP will continue to sensitise the public on why the electronic call-up system is a viable solution to tackling the Apapa gridlock.
“The electronic truck call-up system, known as ETO was introduced by NPA in February 2021, to manage movements of trucks around the port corridors in Apapa.
“Prior to the deployment of this system, NPA and Trucks Transit Parks Limited, technology company and owners of ETO solution had carried out a sensitisation campaign since October 2020 on how the system works, how it will create more opportunities for truck transporters and ultimately improve Nigeria’s economy. Yet, touts and some malicious actors continue to sabotage the system,” she added.