Clearing agents to shut down Lagos ports over restriction of trucks

Nigerian Ports Authority Rivers Port ComplexThe Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) on Thursday threatened to shut down the Lagos ports over restriction order on movement of trucks.

This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos by the National Publicity Secretary of the association, Mr Kayode Farinto.

The statement said the association might have no option than to collaborate with trailers drivers, ask its members to withdraw their services and shut down the ports.

It said, “ This is pending when the Lagos State Government will change the its policy on this or provide an alternative measure..’’

The statement said ANLCA frowned at the restriction order placed on movement of trucks within the Lagos metropolis between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.

The association described the restriction as counter-productive, adding that it had been impacting negatively on the economy.

“Within these few days, the man-hour loss by Shippers and Customs brokers cannot be replaced.

“We are of the opinion that the Lagos State Government would have been magnanimous enough to assist in providing a temporary holding bay for trucks transporting goods from ports to different destinations.

“Nigerian ports being the gateway of the nation’s economy must be guarded jealously.

“The negligence of some reckless drivers must also be taken into consideration too, ‘’ it said.

The statement said to revamp the economy, the association, in solidarity with the Truck Owners Association, urged the governor of the state, Mr Akinwumni Ambode to give the decision a second thought.

  • emmanuel kalu

    first of all, we need to end the days of association and unions shutting down major operation. This trucks are causing major problem in lagos. The association needs to be working on solving the problem, not making threats. however the state needs to provide a truck park, that would generate revenue for the state, provide parking for the truck and create jobs.

  • akpo

    The association should put a task force in place to ensure any truck moving out of the port securely chain any container they carry forthwith.There should also be age limit to qualify to drive any truck.Most trailer drivers are juveniles.They need on- the- job training.FRSC should arrest any trailer who default in chaining container.