Apapa gridlock: NPA, AMATO clash over impounded trucks

TRUCK owners, under the aegis of the Association of Maritime Truck Owners AMATO, and the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, are currently on a collision course over some impounded trucks that attempted to circumvent the Electronic Call-Up system.

The leadership of AMATO has called on the NPA to urgently release all trucks impounded by the Lagos State Special Traffic and Enforcement Team.

The group said the impounded trucks had valid call-up tickets, a claim the NPA has debunked.

In a statement issued at the end of the stakeholders meeting, yesterday, held at the AMATO headquarters in Apapa, the truck owners alleged that there were irregularities and corruption in the NPA’s call-up system, noting that fake call-up tickets are currently in circulation.

It also expressed worry that this development may further truncate the newly introduced system.

The statement reads in part: “Arising from transport stakeholders meeting at the AMATO secretariat in Apapa, it was agreed that all members must desist from parking indiscriminately on the port access roads for sake of traffic sanity.